This Friday, the Assembly of Extremadura approved the General Budget of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura for 2024, which amounts to more than 8,127 million euros. The budgets were prepared “by the people of Extremadura and by the hand of President María Guardiola,” as stated by the Minister of Finance and Public Administration, Elena Manzano, in a press conference, and are “dedicated to a greater extent to education, health, and social services.”. “The budgets work from the first day, study with rigor, and face important difficulties that only seek to delay them,” emphasized the adviser, who recalled the two letters he sent from his ministry to the Minister of Finance requesting the payment of the account and the settlement. in the 2022 fiscal year and that they did not receive a response. Manzano indicated that, despite this, the Extremadura Budgets for 2024 were presented in November, “in 131 days of the government, because we have not stopped working on the highest performance from the first day for this.” Something that did not happen in the years of the socialist government, such as 2016, when the budgets were approved in April, or in 2019 and 2020, which were approved at the end of January. The Minister of Finance and Public Administration emphasized that the Government of Extremadura drew “the largest budget in the hands of the people of Extremadura and with urgency” because, he stated, “the state of our region after years of misgovernance and socialist policy is critical.”. NO INTEREST PRAYER IN THE PROJECT On the other hand, Manzano regrets that after the debate on the amendments to the entire PGEx 2024 presented by the PSOE and Unidas por Extremadura, after examining the partial amendments and after two days of intense debate, what is clear to the parliamentarian is that “PSOE or Unidas por Extremadura have no interest in the development of the project; they only want to impose their model of continuity rejected by the Extremadurans.”
“They are only interested in headlines, confrontation, conflict, and lies,” he said. At this point, the advisor recalls the fiscal “suffocation” endured by Extremadurans before the Decree-Law on Fiscal Measures was approved in September of this year, which lowered many taxes, such as the first two sections of the personal income tax, the registration tax. , the reduction for housing, and starting from this budget, 100% of the inheritance and donation tax will be reduced for groups I and II of kinship, for legacies of up to 500,000 euros. “It is also impossible to reach agreements on expenses. Our budgets are made tight, and we look at the self-employed, small and medium-sized businesses, and all cities alike, without’ y thumbtacks or interested investment,” he said.
For all these reasons, Manzano emphasized that María Guardiola’s government knows what needs to be “prioritized,” such as primary care and mental health. But also in education, promoting conciliation with the help of children aged 2 to 3 years for learning English, including the works of educational centers or doing “justice” with the budget allocated to the university. “Furthermore, these are budgets that defend and materialize equality, with measures such as the Equality Plan and anti-harassment protocol, which, although they may seem untrue, do not exist,” he said. Also, these budgets, the adviser said, “guarantee the profitability of agricultural and livestock farms, increasing the provision for agricultural insurance and for improving water supply and purification.”
“We will pay the costs of doing business due to inflation, support the modernization of SMEs, and promote new self-employment for women after motherhood and young people,” he continued to explain. . Added to all of the above is the fact that Extremadura has become a tourist and cultural power, materializing works that will connect and develop the cities by looking at the connection with the rural environment and that will facilitate access to housing for young people and the general public. vulnerable. , which will fight fires and improve rural roads, “and all this with the help of the municipalities, in which we believe and with whom we manage.”
“The groups that criticize and attack this budget and that don’t support it are looking for an excuse that they can’t find, because they don’t have one,” he criticized. For these reasons, Manzano emphasized that this government is very clear that its duty is to “maintain and protect the rights of Extremadurans” to live in their land, have access to health, education, and essential social services, and be able to work and live from their work, “and that is what this budget represents.”.