Holland–Despite the risks of a trade war and a hard Brexit, it is time to give the people of the Netherlands something back, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday evening, when asked about the government’s 2019 spending plans.
‘Together we have journeyed through the desert and we’ve had to cough up €51bn,’ the prime minister said, referring to years of austerity to get the government’s books in order following the financial crisis. ‘Now it is only logical to give something back to society, because we did it together,’ Rutte said.
The government’s forecasts predict an average rise in spending power of 1.5% due to tax cuts and other measures, although economists say the figures are largely meaningless.
In addition, tens of thousands of international workers will find their income slashed by hundreds of euros a month because the government will not bring in a transition period to soften the effect of cutting the 30% ruling. MPs will begin their annual debate on the government’s plans on Wednesday afternoon.