Domínguez and Rojas analyze financing system
Dominguez, who today explained the allegations of the Government of La Rioja to the last report prepared by the Technical Committee of Permanent Evaluation, considers that the Government of the nation “has enough time to address this issue, since most of the work is done of the revision of the financing system and the last phase of political negotiation remains “and there is also” unanimity of all the communities in which the model must be reformed urgently and that it is a matter of State “.
In this regard, he stressed that “for the first time in La Rioja we have a common position regarding the principles that should govern the new model, which are included in the Proposition no of Law approved last May 18 in the Parliament of La Rioja , at the proposal of the Popular Party, and which had the support of the rest of the parliamentary groups, in which the urgency of addressing the reform of the system is manifested. “
For the counselor, “the negotiation must be carried out in the Fiscal and Financial Policy Council, to guarantee transparency and consensus among the regions and thus ensure equal rights for all citizens” and has pronounced against the possibility to address “specific changes through bilateral agreements.”
With respect to the allegations presented by La Rioja, Domínguez first referred to the need for “the new model to guarantee that basic public services have sufficient financing both at present and in the future”. For this, he has detailed that “the Government of La Rioja considers that there must be an additional contribution from the State to the financing system so that no community loses resources with the new model and that the status quo clause is respected”. One issue, he added, that was already reflected in the document of the Committee of Experts and has now been ignored in this new document contributed by the Technical Committee.
He has also reiterated the defense of the principle of institutional loyalty and has called for “instruments to financially compensate the autonomies for unilateral decisions of the State that involve them to face higher expenses for the provision of services.”
In this line, he has declared the importance of defining the spending needs of each Administration, since “we are the communities that provide the basic services of Health, Education and Social Services”. In this sense, he has insisted on the broad consensus already reached among different Autonomous Communities about “the need for the new model to take into account the criterion of fixed costs, since for smaller communities such as La Rioja it is the variable that more affects the cost of providing services. “
In this sense, the Government of La Rioja defends correcting the adjusted population variable, so that in addition to the fixed costs of services, criteria such as territorial dispersion, surface area and population aging are taken into account.
INTERTERRITORIAL SOLIDARITY AND FISCAL CORRESPONDABILITY
Among its allegations, the Government of La Rioja defends the strengthening of inter-territorial solidarity mechanisms, “to ensure that the provision of services occurs under similar conditions for all citizens.” In this regard, the Government of La Rioja once again insists on these allegations in which the communities of the statutory regime are integrated into the solidarity mechanisms and that the resource gap is corrected between the financial resources available to the communities of the common system and statutory.
Dominguez explained that the Regional Executive once again calls for guaranteeing “fiscal harmonization between communities of the common and regional regime, a matter of special relevance to our community, due to its proximity to the Basque Country and Navarra; that the fiscal autonomy of the common system communities be respected in order to be able to decide on the fiscal pressure of their citizens “.
In relation to the open debate regarding the restructuring of the debt or forgiveness, Dominguez has called on the Government of Spain “to take a position on the matter so that the Autonomous Communities that have fulfilled the objectives of stability know what to expect”.
Finally, the regional executive defends a simpler and more understandable fund system, “since the current one is complex and difficult for the citizen to understand” and it is proposed that the installments on account will not be affected by future extensions of the general budgets of State. Likewise, they propose that the Ministry improve the information provided to the regions on the calculation thereof and that within the scope of the IRPF, measures are introduced to encourage the fiscal co-responsibility of the Communities.