The Mayor of Hamburg approaches Scholz, Minister of Finance
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Finance Minister Scholz wants to reduce financing for refugees and incites resentment at the Mayor Tschentscher of Hamburg. Not for the first time he criticizes the former mayor of the city.
BMinister of Finance, Olaf Scholz (SPD), wants to save on spending on refugees – and thus experiences incomprehension with his party colleague Peter Tschentscher. It is the second time in a short time that the finance minister and former mayor Hamburg admitted criticism from his place of residence. Last Scholz had withdrawn the resentment of Finnish senator Andreas Dressel (SPD) in the discussion about the real estate tax rescheduling.
Olaf Scholz wants to reduce spending on refugees from € 4.7 billion to € 1.3 billion – this is what his draft budget for 2020 looks like. On Tuesday, this news caused criticism of the Prime Minister on Tuesday. "If these funds fall away, the federal government orders a revolt by the mayors and district councilors," said the otherwise rather unaffected Tschentscher. "Although the number of monthly newcomers has fallen, the total number of refugees in Germany remains high. Countries and municipalities continue to have high costs for the reception, care and integration of refugees."
"This is not acceptable from the perspective of the countries"
In 2017, Hamburg spent 779 million euros on housing and integration of refugees. 147 million euros came from the federal government. Wonen represented the largest share (415 million) and 89 million were invested in education. There are still no figures available for 2018.
"With its proposal, the federal government would reduce its financial support from states and municipalities to less than a third. This is not acceptable from the perspective of the countries. The municipalities currently receive about 1.8 billion euros in federal funds, which they certainly should continue to use it as a grant for housing costs, "Tschentscher said.
However, according to WELT information, expenditure for refugees has already been taken into account in the Hamburg budget plans for 2019 and 2020 – without including federal funds. The subject is on the agenda of the Prime Minister's Conference on Thursday.