"The federal budget needs more future!"

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Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, misses a clear course for the future of the federal government when Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz presents the federal budget.

"The presentation by Finance Minister Scholz is not the hoped-for signal for a clear future course! The forthcoming budget discussions must bring a clear change of course in the direction of innovation and investment.

The new pension promises are set to rise immeasurably by 30 to 50 billion euros, while the forward-looking Artificial Intelligence is expected to make do with small sums of money.

"Particularly with a view to a slowing economy, the guiding principles of budget planning must be the following: Digitisation, research and education."

The tax incentives for research should finally come, but are just as modest. The Scholz draft may delight the social democratic soul, but it does not serve prosperity and employment in Germany. Particularly in view of the economic slowdown, the guiding principles of budget planning must be the following: Digitisation, research and education. The bill is too much yesterday, too little tomorrow!

In addition, the Bundestag and Cabinet must finally take the increasing worldwide tax competition into account. The top item on the agenda should be the abolition of the solidarity surcharge, which also burdens small and medium-sized enterprises, for all".