New Cabinet Plans Include “Tax Cuts and Minimum Wage Increase”

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VVD negotiator Sophie Hermans spoke to the press on Tuesday. Photo: Phil Nijhuis ANP

The new cabinet’s plans will be presented to parliament and the public on Wednesday afternoon, now MPs from all four parties involved in the next administration have voted in favor of the package.

The liberal right VVD, the liberal democratic party D66, the Christian Democrats and the Orthodox Christian party ChristenUnie have drawn up a 50 page document outlining their plans for the next few years.

According to Telegraaf, the new cabinet plans to allocate 3 billion euros to reduce taxes and contributions, which will benefit working people, families and middle-income households. This will involve a reduction in the bottom tax bracket, according to the newspaper.

The document says the four sides have had the most difficulty reaching agreement on medical ethics issues such as embryo research, immigration and drugs. For example, the plan to experiment with the regulated production of marijuana will continue, but at the same time, more money will be invested in the fight against organized crime, according to the newspaper.

The minimum wage is also expected to increase, perhaps up to € 10.80 an hour and there will also be more money for the Defense Ministry, the Telegraaf said.

Some measures had already leaked. These include a move to largely free daycare, investments of billions of euros in housing and the fight against climate change, the implementation of road pricing, the modification of the loan system. students and research of a development of the use of nuclear energy.

On Thursday, MEPs will debate the deal and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will then start building his fourth cabinet during the winter recess. This process should be finalized by the second week of January.

The new coalition is politically vulnerable as it lacks a majority in the upper house of parliament and will need the support of the opposition to push through more controversial issues.

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