Survey 91% against tax increase
The current national budget amounts to a higher total than ever. The sources of tax revenue are lucrative, the social insurance fund is financially stable. There is no need for a tax increase, according to a paper presented by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) on behalf of the INSM, which was supported by a recent survey.
Germany-Survey Opportunities are crucial for equality
For the German people, equality of opportunity and participation is at the center of a just society, according to the results of a study that the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research (IfD) carried out on behalf of INSM. "For 90 percent of participants, the goal to give all children the same educational opportunities is crucial for social justice," says Hubertus Pellengahr, CEO of INSM. In a comparison of different aspects of social justice, factors like distributive justice and wealth turn out to be less important. "Only 21 percent of participants prioritize distributive justice, whereas almost three times as many (57 percent) think that equality of opportunity is the most important," says Professor Dr. Renate Köcher, CEO of IfD.
Financial transaction tax Expertise: Up to 5.5 % less retirement provisions
On Thursday, February 14, 2013, EU commissary Algirdas Semeta is going to present a proposal on the framework for a financial transaction tax in the EU. The tax is supposed to control speculation and, at the same time, provide the treasuries with additional billions. Is this plan going to work out? Probably not. At the very least, there is going to be collateral damage. According to a study for INSM, this tax would mainly affect private investors, to an extend of between 2.5 and 5.5 % of payable pensions.
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