Erfurt / Berlin (dpa / th) - The proposal by Chancellery Minister Helge Braun (CDU) to suspend the debt brake in the Basic Law is being discussed controversially in the Thuringian state government.

Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) is in favor, Finance Minister Heike Taubert (SPD) against.

Both politicians made this clear on Tuesday in Erfurt.

"For years my party and I have been calling for the ideology project" Black Zero "to be buried," said Ramelow, according to the State Chancellery in Erfurt.

"I reject the proposal to suspend the debt brake," countered Taubert.

According to Ramelow, Germany needs a modern approach to investment that combines the expenditures necessary to combat the corona pandemic with future investments to strengthen Germany as a work and business location.

Taubert called the argument advanced.


“The pandemic is creating a deep cut in the tax revenues of the federal, state and local governments.

But it is not suitable now to give free rein to the unwillingness to limit spending for a year », said the finance minister.

Disproportionate loans would ultimately burden the taxpayers, including those with low and medium incomes and the economic middle class.

Taubert: "That is not fair."

Ramelow also pleaded for a tax policy "which asks the beneficiaries of the pandemic to pay off to a reasonable extent".

Its consequences should not be coped with on the back of those who ensured that Germany got through the crisis in nursing homes, at the supermarket checkouts or in hospitals.

Braun's proposal met with approval and rejection nationwide.

The Bundestag has already lifted the debt brake for the 2020 and 2021 budgets in order to enable higher new borrowing for the billions of dollars of the Corona crisis.

Braun turned in the "Handelsblatt" against "annual individual decisions" and pleaded for a corresponding amendment to the Basic Law.

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