Both opposition and coalition parties hope to make the budget presented on Tuesday more policy-rich (with more investment) during the most important debate of the year, the General Political Reflections in the coming days.

Several political leaders made this known on Budget Day in a reaction to the speech from the throne.

"The Netherlands was not waiting for this speech from the throne," said SP leader Lilian Marijnissen.

"The formation is a mess, people should not expect anything from this caretaker cabinet. We have just heard that the king thanked the people who continued to work during the corona crisis. I would think, then, raise the minimum wage as well."

In the coming days, the SP will come up with its own proposals for, for example, affordable housing, raising wages and abolishing the loan system.

Marijnissen believes that if there are political majorities for this, it should not be "blocked".

"They should not sideline the House. Then we argue for new elections."

According to Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) and Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA), a cabinet must be formed quickly because problems such as "the climate crisis, the housing crisis and growing inequality" can no longer wait.

The political leaders will come up with their own plans in the coming days, just like the SP.

The House will debate on Wednesday and Thursday about the million memorandum of the caretaker cabinet.

Normally there is a policy-rich budget on the table, but because of the caretaker status of the cabinet, the shop is mainly looked after and no major expenditure is made.

Money has been made available for three problems that, according to the cabinet, cannot wait any longer: the climate crisis, the housing issue and crime.

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Segers: 'There is no longer a coalition'

According to Pieter Heerma (CDA), it is "wise that investments are made in public housing, safety and climate. These are necessary steps in the right direction."

According to him, the caretaker status of the cabinet does not mean "the country will come to a complete standstill."

Sophie Hermans (VVD) was also positive about the plans that deal with matters "that people are rightly concerned about".

D66 member Rob Jetten calls the speech from the throne "a message with a lot of urgency".

According to him, there was "a hidden message" that the cabinet should get to work.

He emphasized that the party will try to come up with good plans in the coming days with majorities.

"Collaboration is under pressure. I feel responsible for the entire policy that the House is now doing. There is no longer a coalition in the traditional sense of the word," ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers said.

In a missionary cabinet, coalition parties often easily align themselves with cabinet plans and the budget, but the CU has clearly taken a different path in the past week.

Segers also wants to come up with his own proposals in the coming days.

VVD member Hermans was already sent to the parties this week with a bag of money to discuss various proposals, in order to make the budget more policy-rich.

However, the parties closed the door and do not want consultations in backrooms.

"Perhaps that will work in the debate. The entire political center still wants a number of adjustments, so that the budget becomes more policy-rich," said outgoing prime minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte.


This is how MPs react to the speech from the throne

Right-wing parties find government budget not in balance

SGP leader Kees van der Staaij believes that too little attention was paid to matters such as defense and security in the Speech from the Throne and the Budget Memorandum.

"Climate, even if the cabinet is outgoing, billions are being invested in it. Something is being done in the field of defense and security, but it is not in proportion to what is needed. Look at the meager amounts that go to the armed forces, or justice. More needs to be done."

Joost Eerdmans (JA21) shares Van der Staaij's point of view.

"Half of it is about sustainability and the climate. 7 billion will go to it. We think that is not proportionate."

PVV leader Geert Wilders repeated his call for new elections.

"We have a lot of problems: housing shortage, care, with immigration and asylum. That requires a missionary cabinet."

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