Tusk slams PiS political program
September 4, 2012
Poland's main opposition conservative party Law and Justice (PiS) political program failed to take into account the context of the current economic crisis, PM Donald Tusk said commenting Sunday’s presentation of a package of proposals by the PiS leader of Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Tusk added he does not consider Kaczynski's ideas "serious proposals" and that they "reminded him of declarations by European social-democrats of some 30 years ago".
PO will prepare precise calculations of how much the realization of PiS proposals would cost, the PM also said.
At a press conference on Sunday PiS launched autumn political campaign with broad legislative proposals, including changes to tax laws, the education and health systems, a 10-year unemployment-fighting scheme and stricter penalties for criminals.
Kaczynski said the offensive is aimed at "creating a complete alternative to the present way of governing Poland."
Changes to the tax law would include introducing single CIT and PIT law, that would reduce "interpretation risk" for the taxpayer. The new law would introduce largely simplified tax declarations. PiS also wants to increase tax allowances for families with children. Most of all, the new law would be investment-supportive, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said.
In VAT, Kaczynski vowed not to increase the tax rate, but plans to make all businesses VAT tax payers.
The party also wants to introduce a temporary turnover tax on banks and large retailers as it claims those firms "by different methods" avoid reporting profits and hence paying income taxes.
Outside of the tax realm, PiS proposes a 10-year plan for fighting unemployment, apparently focused on smaller towns and villages.
Commenting on Kaczynski's unemployment-reduction program, Tusk said it showed a lack of knowledge of the matter.
"Kaczynski says that if he were in power he would secure 1.2 million jobs in 10 years. From 2008 to 2011 over 800,000 jobs were created in Poland, and this in a quite severe crisis. So if we really wanted to create 1.2 million jobs in a decade, this would mean that unemployment would be drastically higher", Tusk said.
Tusk, however, agreed with Kaczynski's proposals regarding stricter punishment for criminals.
PiS also announced it plans a vote of no-confidence against PM Donald Tusk on November 18, a year after the government assumed the office. Kaczynski plans to present his candidate to replace Tusk in October or possibly at the beginning of November, according to the daily Polska The Times.