Noelia Núñez, member of the Popular Party in the Madrid Assembly and deputy spokesperson, is also president of the party in Fuenlabrada (one of Madrid’s south regions). Núñez will be the first woman mayor of Fuenlabrada after more than 40 years of socialist mayoralty. The future mayor talks to our colleague Federico Quevedo about Pedro Sánchez’s “mistreatment” of Madrid and the future budgets of the capital.
Initiatives in the Madrid Assembly
The regional deputy says that she presented a question to the Government on the management of Barajas airport. Also, she will present a Resolution for the Government of the Community of Madrid to urge the Spanish Government to act on electricity prices. Previously, her parliamentary group presented a Resolution for the Government of the Community of Madrid to urge the Spanish Government to increase the budgets earmarked for the capital. This last initiative will be debated on 4 November.
General State Budgets for 2022
For the PP’s deputy, Pedro Sánchez has treated Madrid badly in the General State Budgets because “he can’t get anything out of the capital because the Popular Party has more than the whole of the left together”. Noelia Núñez explains that the General State Budget cuts investments in Madrid by 8.4%, “half of what it allocates to Catalonia”. For the deputy, the Prime Minister has also rewarded Ximo Puig, President of the Valencia Community, who has stood firm on the concept of decapitalizing Madrid.
In addition, the Popular Party deputy urges the Prime Minister to lower all taxes because the General State Budget has a rise in the self-employed quota. “We can’t get there”, insists Noelia Núñez because “this is how a country goes bankrupt”.
Popular Party’s Plan in the Community of Madrid
Noelia Núñez insists that Isabel Díaz Ayuso’s (President of the Community of Madrid) project must be consolidated in Madrid. Now, according to the deputy, “the most economic part of the plan will be seen”, the half-point reduction in personal income tax will be implemented and work is being done on budgets that are “very good for Madrid”. The Popular Party will try to defend Madrid’s fiscal autonomy so that “nobody raises our taxes to please others”, as the deputy affirms.
In order to approve the budgets of the Community of Madrid, the Popular Party needs support such as that of Vox (right-wing party). One of the conditions of this party is to participate in the governments in which they support the Popular Party. Núñez affirms that they are clear about who they have to talk to about the budgets and with “PSOE, Más Madrid and Unidas Podemos we have little to talk to”.
Decentralization of Madrid
The central government advocates setting up different state institutions outside the capital to create wealth in other areas and combat depopulation. However, for Noelia Núñez, other regions should copy Madrid’s fiscal management, respect for entrepreneurship and private investment.
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