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Red-Greens present election manifesto

TT/The Local · 31 Aug 2010, 13:14

Published: 31 Aug 2010 13:14 GMT+02:00

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Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin opened the press conference on Tuesday afternoon and promised that a Red-Green government the "tax gap" between different groups in society would be removed during the coming mandate period, if the economy allows it.

The Red-Greens also announced an intention to cut the so-called "maxtaxa" ceiling on daycare charges (currently 3 percent of household income up to 1260 kronor ($169) for the first child). The pledge is calculated to cost 2.1 billion kronor 2012-2014.

"The 'maxtaxa' has meant a lot, not least for single parents," Mona Sahlin said.

Further measures within family policy include the provision of 30 hours of daycare even for unemployed parents (currently a maximum of 15 hours in many municipalities). The coalition also pledges an investment in training of pre-school staff, and to "stimulate" municipalities to offer daycare outside of regular office hours.

The coalition's reforms total 12.8 billion kronor for 2011 - meaning that the centre-left accept the finance minister Anders Borg's estimation of state finances.

"It is not there that the differences are," Mona Sahlin said. "Our government platform is based on equality."

The parties proposed a retention of the ROT tax deduction for work on the home during the whole mandate period. They furthermore pledge a new climate deduction for households who want to make investments in energy efficiency and other climate-friendly measures.

The coalition furthermore proposed an expansion of subsidies for employers who employ unemployed young people to also cover trainee and apprentice places.

"We are in a hurry to find new ways into the labour market for young people," Sahlin said.

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The coalition proposes that a household which installs new window or cuts energy use by 30 percent while be exempt from property taxes for three years.

The Red-Greens followed the Alliance proposal to cut sales tax on the restaurant sector, if finances allow.

The coalition also opened up the possibility of sales tax cuts in other service sectors as well as a cut payroll taxes, sickness pay costs, or the introduction of a venture capital deduction.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:41 August 31, 2010 by Audrian
The elelection manifesto of the left is an attractive proposal to the majority of the voters. Senior citzens and mothers with young children are significant portion of the population. Less tax to business might encourage business investment and stimulate economic growth and hence an opportunity to reduce an unemployment and create jobs for the youth. It might easily brings them to power if they know how to sale their ideas.
17:10 August 31, 2010 by here for the summer
Green and Social Democrats might be trusted but how can any group which includes communist/left be trusted? The communist/left will have all property and wealth taken from everyone if they have their way look at their policy.
21:47 August 31, 2010 by Blueshine
Hej "here from the summer": You forgot to add that they will eat newborn babies, close all newspapers and claim Chavez/Castro as new Swedish Kings. The socialist/communist-paranoia do not work in Sweden, thus you better upgrade you prejudices (at least mean while you live in an advance society).
23:33 August 31, 2010 by here for the summer
@Blueshine no prejudice just facts .. I wonder if the left party in power would be a civilized society


as late as 2004 Lars Ohly said he was a communist .

He has defended the system of Soviet Block governments in Eastern Europe

He currently supports Castro and the Dictatorship in Cuba


The left party was the communist party until the 1990's and has a horrible record of support for communist dictator including Stalin and Mao

23:57 August 31, 2010 by wxman
I'm not a Green, in fact I'm a pretty conservative American, but for some reason I've always thought Maria Wetterstrand is really hot. Someone help me.
01:01 September 1, 2010 by glamelixir
@ here for the summer

The summer is gone.... are you staying a lot longer?

It seems by your ideology in various threads that you belong to the other side of the north atlantic without a doubt.
05:41 September 1, 2010 by here for the summer
@glam .. I am gone but I will be back as Arnold said. . I would also say that some leftovers in Sweden are now the outliers in Europe so it is not just about which side of the atlantic anymore. I wish for a healthy and prosperous Sweden a country I love and care for ..
07:31 September 1, 2010 by flintis
@wxmax, no accounting for taste (politics), but she is fairly sexy!!

@hftsummer, you're not wrong, Ohly is a typical left wing (commie) hypocrite
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