The federal and state governments have to accept promises in a crisis

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – In view of the crisis, the municipalities in the south-west consider cuts in state standards to be inevitable and are calling on the federal and state governments to change course. Municipal council president Steffen Jäger told the German Press Agency: “Even before the turning point, the large number of political promises and commitments could no longer be fulfilled in total – this was a clear realization of the municipal level.” Because of what is probably the greatest challenge of the post-war period, it is now high time to make a real criticism of tasks and standards, both for future goals and for existing standards.

The community day is pressing for the federal and state coalition agreements to be untied and adapted to the “turning point” announced by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the wake of the Ukraine war. Because: The coalition agreements of the traffic light and the green-black alliance in the southwest gave the impression “that there could be more and more government commitments”. From the point of view of the municipalities, however, this is no longer possible. If you look honestly, it must be said that 100 billion euros in expenditure for the Bundeswehr and 95 billion euros for relief packages are the beginning of a change in political priorities.

The head of the community day assumes that the state must invest even more in internal and external security, in better civil and disaster protection and in other basic needs of the common good. “At the same time, an answer must be found as to whether and how the sum of the previous commitments can actually be paid. However, the following still applies: every euro that the state collects can only be spent once.”

Jäger also expects that the federal and state governments will in future pay more attention to whether their commitments can also be implemented by the municipalities. As examples, the head of the municipal day repeatedly cites the legal entitlement to a daycare place and all-day care in the primary school from 2026. The state board of the municipal council wants to adopt a position paper on lowering the standards on Thursday morning.

The Greens and the CDU are partly open to local authorities. Most recently, Greens leader Lena Schwelling said she could imagine cutting back on certain government standards, such as childcare or housing. She was supported by Interior Minister and CDU state leader Thomas Strobl.

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