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Opposition outlines billion kronor tax hike

TT/The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 08:07

Published: 28 Apr 2010 08:07 GMT+02:00

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Car drivers are set to be the hardest hit with a total of 0.49 kronor added to the cost of a litre of petrol (currently around 13.50 kronor).

Carbon taxes alone will raise three billion kronor in the first year and five billion kronor the following year, according to the proposal presented by the Social Democrat, Left and Green parties in an opinion article in Dagens Nyheter on Wednesday.

Energy companies are set to be hit with an additional levy on "excessive profits" from hydro-electric and nuclear power. The opposition proposal includes a plan to switch from traditional fossil fuels to gas or ethanol and offers 600 million kronor in grants to encourage the construction of more biogas pumps at fuel outlets.

The hikes in petrol taxes are significantly lower than the two kronor per litre announced in the Green Party budget last autumn.

"We have had to compromise," said Green Party spokesperson Maria Wetterstrand, who considers the agreement to be positive.

The hike in petrol taxes will be "as good as fully" compensated by an increase in travel deductions.

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In a further compromise on the part of the Green Party the coalition has agreed to re-introduce wealth taxes, abolished by the Alliance government in 2007.

The left-green parties plan to re-introduce the tax on homes and assets from January 1st 2012, according to a report on Sveriges Television (SVT). The agreement over the tax is reported to be a tough issue for the three parties to agree on as the Green Party has long maintained that the tax was unworkable and deterred capital investment.

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08:39 April 28, 2010 by misssh
if you can vote dont vote the red idiots

environmental skatt is just another for of skatt and is just a plan way of taking more of your money

blue is doing a great job of running the country and needs at least one more term to make a difference
08:53 April 28, 2010 by hpunlimited
This redgreen horde are showing their true colours. Mona Sahlin the evil spawn of Olof Palme, taxing people to death, shutting the country down. These Green idiots that live in their own fantasy world with fried LSD brains?? What are they thinking? What is next, tea party with Castro?
09:01 April 28, 2010 by Kevin Harris
These people think the solution to every problem in the Sweden is to tax it. As for the Greens wanting to raise the tax petrol by two kronor. Are they mad?

I live the second highest taxing country in the world. Vote red and pay alot more tax than I do now, or vote blue and pay less tax. Hmmmm, let me think.
09:04 April 28, 2010 by AdamVikingen

No, the alliance have not done a good job in Sweden they have almost made Sweden collapse during one time, anyone that dont have a work (now 30%] have to live in the streets cuz they dont get any money from the state any more to support there life. And thanks to them all medicine in the entire country have become all from 25% to 75% more expensive, when they promised it would get cheaper, the alliance have failed, just as all the right.wing party's in Sweden have done every time they have got elected!

The Red-Green will win! and you don´t even know who Castro is or what he have done! do you even know what USA is doing on And around Cuba?
09:23 April 28, 2010 by Kevin Harris

"30% have to live on the streets"

That's nearly three million Swedes! Are you sure about this?
09:30 April 28, 2010 by nyag
I really wanted to the ruling party to win in the previous election... thinking that we expats will get a better job opportunity...but it didnt happen..

Frankly I could careless who win the election.. Can as a foreigner its will still be a tough challenge to get a job and not be discriminated....
09:40 April 28, 2010 by stenhuggaren
Adam the Viking is skipping school for the day.
09:42 April 28, 2010 by hpunlimited
Kevin Harris, no there are not 30% homeless. Every person living in this country(including every immigrants and refugee) gets welfare, food, rent paid, electricity, all medicines, dental, clothes, busspass, free hospital care.

In fact, it is better to be unemployed than work a low wage job in Sweden right now. People with jobs are getting screwed already and if the redgreen mess wins, then why work at all? there wouldn't be any point!
09:49 April 28, 2010 by VakenMark
More taxes?

For what? the Man Made Global Warming MYTH? : D

Socialist Sweden's elite slide along with its proto-Soviet plan and tighten the screws of the middle class, and even tighter for the poor.

Well its good to see what their agenda is, out front , I agree hpunlimited....

BIOGAS is unnecesarry and has caused an increse of TENS of millions of deaths for the worlds poor through higher food prices. Congratulations!

I am aware that with elections as they are today, that no matter the "party" that wins the vast majority of common people loose.

With the right its faster privatization (and their conservative stance is pale in comparisson to american standards) and with the left you have more SOCIALISM.

I watched a few films online recently, one was The Soviet Story which hilighted the dangers of big government and consolidated power. Google it,

The Corporation was interesting to get a handle on Big Business,

and Endgame (one of the most seen films online) outlines this fake Left Right paradigm. And the real agenda. Makes more sense to me than mainstream media drivell.

Just some tips.

During the EU elections, the only party that had a memeber I talked to (at the Val Stugor) was the Leftwing (former COMMUNIST PARTY) and he DID know about the founders of the EU etc hand how it isnt democratic. And run by the banks.

My point is:

Both sides want more control, there is an agenda that many in the parties do not understand (probably too busy being beurocrats) and real issues about the environment, direct democracy are always avoided.

The understandably demonized Nationalist parties are the only ones who get the picture of globalism and control through fake environmental laws, but... They are idiot Nationalists (oh and how they try to HIDE their Nazi roots)

So what is their to really vote for?

More restrictions, rules, taxes, less opportunities for ordinary people to aspire to what they want to do, in an open easy free market and well, the banks keep dictating what goes on here.

All hail the puppets of the Wallenbergs and Bonniers! ; )
09:57 April 28, 2010 by engagebrain
Taxes are not necessarily bad.

It all depends on what the state spends its income - for which we the taxpayers benefit.

There is a major oil crunch coming and Sweden needs the infrastructure to cope.
09:57 April 28, 2010 by AdamVikingen
Kevin Harris!

Not all of them live on the steet jackass, here we have houses that you can live in for almost free (thank good for hige taxes) that thay can live in for the time being.


I am in school! but i have a break...that for some reason feels like it never ends (and yes, im on one of the schools computers and the internet is surprisingly fast! thank god for Taxes!)
10:09 April 28, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
what a great surprise, another new and innovative idea from the Left.

Ms. Sahlin has only "one tool in her bag". And she's going to use it until the batteries go dead.

Can we please hear some innovative thoughts about creating oppurtunities rather than more hindrances for job growth from these people. Most people don't want or need your socialized handouts. They want to work, they want to be vital members of society not dependents of the State.

If your solution is simply "raising one tax after another" please kiss me first, tell me you love me, and give me some cuddling time afterward. Maybe then, I won't feel so cheap and so "used".

Please tell me, what do these people do all day with their time?....
10:30 April 28, 2010 by voiceofreason
Most of these guys have never run a business or owned shares in a company so they have no idea what "Tax burden" means.

Democracy is no better than Monarchy, in the end, it is just a bunch of rulers who are very detached from the populace. All they care about is staying in power.
10:33 April 28, 2010 by VakenMark

"please kiss me first, tell me you love me, and give me some cuddling time afterward. Maybe then, I won't feel so cheap and so "used".


I agree!

And yes, again, create a CLIMATE where entrepeneurs and other motivated people can come with solutions, create new opportunities for others in a Free Market context.

Sahlin though probably gets her orders from "above" just like her friend Reinfeldt

So, what happens in 20 years time when oil is taxed away and the mass subsidized Wind and Solar power initiatives bubble bursts?

Their Alternative Energy plans cost 20 times more than oil.

That bubble will burst, and the only alternative then will be Nuclear.

I think alot of us realize WHAT the taxes are for, and in whose interests they are in, and it is definately not the common person.

No talk about Genetically Modified foods, PCB and Dioxin waste, water contamination, HEMP farming, or creating a strong local PRODUCTION based economy. It will be more allocades to the WTO and the IMF putting us and our children further in debt.

But again, expect some sort of "protest" vote back to the fake left now with Eco-Fascist flavour.

Excuse me while I go out and wipe off all that ash from that pesky Islandic volcano thats built up all over my SUV..... expect higher plane ticket prices now

; )
10:44 April 28, 2010 by miss79
agree with adam viking, everything becoming worst..alliance failed everything..just promise n promise n burden
11:25 April 28, 2010 by peropaco
We need more taxes to pay for the new hard to integrate refugees the Reds/greens will hit us with if they get voted into office.
12:24 April 28, 2010 by krrodman

You bring up a wonderful point here. You are a student and derive wonderful benefits because other people work and pay taxes. It goes without saying that you support the welfare state because the welfare state supports you.

One thing in life is certain. Once you have to work and support yourself, and no longer get a handout from the government, you will feel very differently about paying taxes because the equation will change dramatically. One day you will wake up to realize that you work 6 months of the year for the government . It is a sickening feeling.
13:41 April 28, 2010 by cbeynch
All socialists and other, extreme left, clowns are hard wired into raising taxes. They do not know anything else. So what else is new? Perhaps Mona should google "free market" and see what comes up. "Applies to you but not me" is a charateristic of social democrats (as Comrade Mona has proven in the past) and that these social democrats suffer from a learning disability has been well documented. They can not shake lose "class warfare" and "income redsitribution", and prefer to rule with a damoclean sword. Do not let Mona metastasize in september. Show her the door!
13:52 April 28, 2010 by Kahlua
Pffft...lots of ignorant hot air vented on here.

Is the current cost of petrol forcing cars off the roads? I wish.

Is it reasonable to force people who are dealing with long-term illnesses to report for duties after 6 months? Do you actually know somebody who is directly affected by the new rules for sickness benefits? I think not.

What is the true cost of systematically raping, pillaging and burning the planet we live on? I don't know and I don't think you do either. But do you honestly think it can go on forever, at no cost to your own sweet self? Wonderful world in there, is it?

Does global warming exist? Let's say we treat it as being true and find out along the way that we were wrong. In our efforts to combat this myth, we still created a sustainable lifestyle and a healthier world to live in. But if we treat it as being false, make no effort to combat the believed causes and find out that we were wrong... ?

And before another one of you jumps to conclusions: I work full time, have a well-paid job and proudly pay full income tax. Community feeling is the key. Try it, you might like it.

Oh when the red-green come marching in. Can't wait.
15:00 April 28, 2010 by Angusthefirst
@ Kahlua

Great comment, concure with you on all points. Add me to the list of full-time workers with a well-paid job who is more than happy to pay full income tax.
16:50 April 28, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
Did I read these comments correctly?.. You are willing to have to do more with less by paying HIGHER taxes, yet your Gov't is not willing to do the same.

Please pull your heads out of the sand and see these fools for who they truly are. Why can't the Left say, "We have found a way to save the people money. We have ideas to create jobs. Taking people off the welfare rolls, putting them to work and letting them pay into the system as well, is part our plan. We, like our constituants can do more with less, after all it is the people of Sweden, who we are here to serve."

I see a problem with paying higher taxes for a Gov't that isn't willing to work for the people who elect it and ultimately pay its salary. Make the Gov't accountable to you, for a change..
16:59 April 28, 2010 by Callidus
This is the country where it does not pay to work hard.

Where the concept of 8 hours solid work is unknown.

Where "alla ska med".... yeah right.

The only country where socialism still lives on (they must be laughing in China...)

Where the individual does not exhist.

Where a different opinion is not accepted.

Where differences between people are not appreciated.

The country that thinks of itself as the best possible place on earth.

Where the unions decide how to run an company.

Overall this is the country of envy: envious people that do not accept that if you work hard you should earn more, that if you have better capabilities you should earn more, that if you have higher responsabilities you should be better paid.

Socialism is not about social justice: it is about levelling everyone to the bottom.

I do hope the socialists will lose the next election. I was ready to leave this country before the last elections but I decide to stay and give the new governament a possibility to show what it could do. So far it has moved in the right direction. If the socialists win I will take my company and revenues to a more reasonable country. Good luck to all of you left behind in the hands of dinosaurs.
17:59 April 28, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Meanwhile, in laboratories and design facilities across the world, the real but unsung saviours of the environment, experiment, design and test their way to a greener better future for us all. Strangely, raising taxes is not part of their research.
20:33 April 28, 2010 by Great Scott
Here we go again the no brain brigade is on again, they do what they are good at firing at the hip with no idea of hitting the target. What do we get "commies, leftys, redgreen, red idiots, proto-Soviet, Leftwing, extreme left". All this said without one bit of substance, a lot of you are just like baby's throwing their dummy's out of the pram, I wonder where you have all been to be so brain washed.

I am so amassed that these right wing parties can wind you around their little fingers, yes they are smart on how their get the money out of your pockets, sometimes they get caught out though, remember the bankers, how do you think looks after them.

I wrote a comment yesterday on a similar article, it was about Mats Odell (right wing) throwing insults, like many of you with no substance.

Please read if you missed it.

Most of the above comments make me laugh, the pathetic use of commies and leftist just goes to show the level of education here.

Many ask where is the money coming from, I expect its coming from the pockets of those who stole it from the tax payer in the first place (meaning tax cuts to suit the well off). I don't live in Sweden nor do I pretend to know about Sweden, but I have read very much about the build up of one of the most admired systems in the world.

This system was put in place before most of you even thought about going to Sweden, they avoided systems as such in the USA where most things are private, cost a fortune, with no real benefits, and designed for only the well off, a country where only 10% prosper and the rest left in the gutters to defend for themselves.

If taxes should be cut, then the cuts should be made in immigration (meaning people from other countries who have the privilege of living in Sweden), not health care, education and care services.

Criticising expenditure on a country's requirements shows only incompetents, when such a good system is in place it should only be improved and not make to suit the greedy few. In the UK Thatcher made cuts in these three areas and things just got worse, it is not very easy to turn things around when such changes are made.

Now what would be said if the truth was the fascist right were making cuts to feather their own nests, what does surprise me however, is how do normal people get fooled by them every time, doesn't that make you laugh.
21:05 April 28, 2010 by Angusthefirst
@ Kevin Harris

How do you think universities and research are often funded Einstein, the tooth fairy??? It's taxes..... they make it possible for these researchers to do their stuff (especially ones that are unfortunately poor but still smart and need help from the state to pay fees). Would love to see how many advances would have been made in science and research with a world where tax was as low as you people want to make it.

21:39 April 28, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Er, Toyota, Exxon, Siemens, General Electric, Vestas, Hyundi, ABB, Shell, SEMPRA, Volvo, etc, aren't universities Angus.
22:39 April 28, 2010 by krrodman
I find it interesting that this blog debate is occurring on the day that the Eurozone socialist utopia is on the verge of collapse. It will not be long before Greece defaults, even if Germany and France are foolish enough to help out. The fact of the matter is that their socialist/union economy is bankrupt. Are you aware that a hairdresser in Greece is allowed to retire with a full pension at 52 years of age because of "exposure to toxic chemicals." How would you feel if you were a 60 year old German hairdresser working hard so that the hairdresser in Greece can retire early?

Sweden was smart/lucky to reject joining the Euro. At least they have the opportunity to control their own destiny.
05:59 April 29, 2010 by Mr. Puppy
I don't really think there are any good choices for the election. You just have two different sides representing two different parts of society. The rest of us get stuck in the middle of their feud.

But here is some food for thought... if the majority of people are middle-wage or low-income earners and they vote the red-green coalition in then at least society is being ruled by the majority for a change, whereas throughout history most people have been controlled and ruled over by the rich few, and even though we all thought the advent of democracy changed this, as long as middle-age or low-income earners believe that the right is working for their opportunity... as many low-income earners in the U.S. believe, then nothing has changed vis-a-vis who is working for who in society.

Whether you believe in a leftist or rightist utopia they are both unobtainable and repulsive... please stop involving me and everyone else in your un-winnable war. Either society only really works with the will of all the people but no society is unified enough to make it work... and when they ARE so unified, it always turns out that the "utopia" is disgusting... look at the Nazis and the Soviets, etc.

I guess my point is that I don't care who rules or how much in taxes I have to pay as long as I can smoke marijuana and work enough to get a roof over my head and food on my table. The left can't go so far as to make jobs disappear completely, they are after all representing and working for the workers, and the right can't make jobs appear by putting more money in the pockets of the job-creators (they don't let the extra money slip on back into society, they put it into collecting more assets for their companies/estates/persons... they practice building houses of cards and work to inflate them until they blow up and then move on to the next one and that's their plan for the Earth as well)... so I don't really like either bloc. I'll vote for Piratpartiet because at least they are the only ones who would even consider legalizing marijuana in this moralistic Christian-atheist country.
08:24 April 29, 2010 by RobinHood
@Great Scott

"Most of the above comments make me laugh, the pathetic use of commies and leftist just goes to show the level of education here."

The gentlemen on the left is Lars Ohly, former board member of Communist Youth, party chairman of the Left Party - the former Communist Party, and self called Leninist.

As you said, it only goes to show the level of education here. Yours.
10:43 April 29, 2010 by Angusthefirst
@ Kevin Harris

"Er, Toyota, Exxon, Siemens, General Electric, Vestas, Hyundi, ABB, Shell, SEMPRA, Volvo, etc, aren't universities Angus. "

Ah, Kevin, where did those marvellous researchers at the companies above get educated? At universities, most of which throughout the world (especially here in Sweden) are funded by that thing you so despise TAX. The last time I checked Exxon didn't give out degrees for environmental scientific research, do you know something I don't, have they branched into education? Ironic you should choose exxon when talking about companies that were "saviours of the environment" after what they did to almost singlehandedly destroy the environment up in Alaska. Were you being ironic and I didn't get it?

Your comment was doubly flawed as you are forgetting that a large proportion of the fantastic research and development that occurs throughout the world takes place at tax-payer funded universities, hospitals etc. Research and development is certainly not primarily the domain of the corporations you have listed: and thank God for that!

@ krrodman: why are the unregulated, greedy practises of the big banks in the US and elsewhere that led to the World Economic crisis we have been part of recently not being implicated by you in the troubled mess we see in Greece but instead "socialistic" practise get the blame.


We get it, Lars Ohly, is a former communist. Look up politicians from every country and you will find that a large chunk of them will have been in youth leftist movements before moving closer to the centre. Have you ever read about Fredrik Reinfeldt's views as a young moderaterna? They were also very different to what they are now. It is childish and pathetic that right-wing posters on this forum cannot have a debate without throwing out the McCartheyesque "commies" insult against anyone that agrees with a country that has a strong welfare state.
12:13 April 29, 2010 by krrodman

Do not misunderstand, I am not defending the practices of the banks. They are just another greedy power interest. At the same time though, you cannot be so naive to think that GoldmanSachs is the root of the problem here. Did they force the Greek government to hide their debt so that they could enter the Eurozone? On the contrary, the socialist government of Greece was looking for a way to hide their economic failings and GoldmanSachs was only too happy to help them.

There are different kinds of currencies in this world. Bankers seek money. Politicians and political groups(left, right, green etc) seek power. They are all corrupt, if you ask me.
12:50 April 29, 2010 by Angusthefirst

No worries, agree with what you are saying about the Greeks, I just wanted to point out that the "socialists" do not have a mortgage on economic malpractice: it resonates throughout society and the "low tax" banks are just as capable of it. I think in essence based on how you put it above, we are pretty much agreeing.
12:56 April 29, 2010 by farnoxo
However, Mona Sahlin did state that their party will not raise taxes on Toblerones!
14:53 April 30, 2010 by Great Scott

Oh Robin do I have spell things out for you, if you read what I have written, you will see that I do not claim to know about Sweden and as you say I do not know the history of politicians. I was not writing about their history, I was writing about the pathetic use of name calling (as you have continued to do). If you should comment please write something constructive.

Now Robin please go back to Sherwood and play with your merry man.
23:42 April 30, 2010 by steve_38
I dont know if I should laugh or cry reading the utter drivel by both sides written above.

I am a higher rate taxpayer due to salary level 1.5Msek, have a nice house in UK &Sweden, before all those on the left say I earn too much.

Have worked 50-60 a week for last 25 years, dont take all my holiday and have never had any time off sick and am on call all the time.

I dont get why I should pay more tax for those that are neither interested in working very much or the perpetual students like the one above(scared and too lazy to work). I did my engineering degree in UK and worked at same time, it was hard but not impossible.

I like Sweden but the amount of envy hatred that goes on is terrible, it is a society where everyone needs to be dragged down to the lowest common denominator.

Most of Europe cannot afford its welfare system Sweden is no different.

Just remember the problem with Socialisim is that "They always run out of other peoples money to spend".

SWEDEN the last communist country in EUROPE. Big brother state and home of the work shy. but for some reason I love it (Or just the Women in it).

Ha Ha
21:53 May 3, 2010 by Economist
I am an Economist.

If I were in the government, I want to strenght and expand the current Earn Income tax Credit. I have not hear anything about the Earn Income tax credit policy from the political parties.

According to a simulation of an economy, an increase in EITC will induce wage moderation and increase search intensity by unemployed and hence rise employment.
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