Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann has called for the rapid convening of a Prime Ministers’ Conference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on the announced new relief package. The package will have a massive impact on state budgets, the Greens politician told the German Press Agency on Sunday. That is why the states urgently need to talk to the federal government about it.
The traffic light coalition in the federal government presented a third relief package on Sunday, the size of which the government estimates at around 65 billion euros. Among other things, the traffic light is striving for a nationwide successor to the 9-euro ticket in local transport, in the price range of 49 to 69 euros per month. The federal government wants to subsidize 1.5 billion euros if the states pay at least as much.
The current chairman of the Prime Ministers’ Conference, NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), insists on federal and state consultations on the subject. “If the states are to pay, they must also be able to make decisions,” said the CDU politician to the newspapers of the Bayern media group (Monday). There are still many open questions. “This should be discussed very promptly at a Prime Minister’s conference with the Federal Chancellor.”
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