On Monday, the government launched a budget debate like never seen before.
Government finances have to be planned because of the coronavirus in the fog, as if with a hood on.
Visibility is low, and predictors of the future are few.
In everyday language, the government is in trouble as to how it will cope with its career.
But there are no alternatives: it must be clarified.
The different thing is whether all the governing parties have internalized the matter.
Nearly 20 billion of new debt has already been taken out due to the interest.
So resuscitation is done, but what awaits at the end of the road?
The border is sometimes met.
Do we even dare to talk about it honestly?
That is why Neste's Monday announcement of the co-determination negotiations and the fact that it intends to close its Naantali refinery hit the atmosphere of a budget dispute like a bomb.
"The question also arises, why now?"
could ask with the rhetoric of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd).
Marin raised three weeks ago about UPM's plans to close the Jämsä Kaipola paper mill, but now the state-owned Neste Corporation is closing down its production plant.
The decision is historic.
The Naantali oil refinery was founded in 1957 and was the first in Finland.
The Porvoo Neste refinery, where operations will be concentrated in the future, will be ten years younger.
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According to Neste, the co-determination decision means a maximum reduction of 470 jobs.
The corona pandemic has accelerated the decline in demand for traditional petroleum products, and demand is not expected to recover to previous levels.
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (center) commented on the incident, stating that big redundancies are difficult to prevent and that "everyone is too much." The decision was bad news for the Turku region. may also be horrified to consider how much guarantee the state has in the shipbuilding industry, for example through Finnvera.
Neste was a continuation of the autumn co-operation announcements, which are guaranteed to increase.
The biggest issue in the budget debate is employment.
The center has demanded that the rih be made a credible means of employing 30,000 people.
60,000 people should be employed during the government term.
Of course, the government program target of 75% of the employment target has already escaped.
Virtually the entire government program is now antiques.
In the middle of the budget dispute, it is worth looking at creating a municipal economy as well.
Minna Karhunen, CEO of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, summed up the situation in Yle's radio news.
He said he feared the money would run out not just from the municipalities but from everyone.
The concern is justified.
This year, municipal corona spending has been in the order of two billion and the same is promised for the coming year.
The state has enough to compensate.
On Wednesday, we will hear what snacks the government will leave next year.