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April 17, 2018   
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Jaroslaw Kaczynski
Ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) officially launched its local election campaign by unveiling a package of tax, welfare and infrastructural projects at its weekend convention.
PiS politicians will also hold 600-700 meetings with voters across Poland until July. The party suffered some slip-ups and must be a "party of clean hands," party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski stressed speaking at the weekend event.
The ruling coalition must stand united, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and his deputy Beata Szydlo added in what insiders quoted by daily Rzeczpospolita see as a reaction to recent chaos and lack of clarity in in the ruling camp's actions.
The package, presented by Morawiecki, included:
- lowering CIT rate for SMEs from 15% to 9%;
- making ZUS premiums for self-employed proportional to income, with the upper limit for the premium base at 2.5x the minimum wage;
- 100,000 apartments under construction within the Mieszkanie+ housing program by 2019;
- PLN 23 billion to be directed to seniors, the most vulnerable and disabled within the Accessibility+ program (but with no time frame);
- PLN 1.5 billion for local roads in 2018; setting up this autumn a local road fund worth at least PLN 5 billion;
- PLN 300 "back to school" annual bonus for all children up to 18 years of age;
Other policy proposals presented by cabinet members included pensions for mothers of four or more children, even those who never worked, bonuses for families that have a second child shortly after the first one, free medicines for pregnant women and guarantees of preschool and nursery services for all the families.
Morawiecki also signaled Poland got European Commission's go ahead for minimum CIT for commercial real estate firms holding property of more than PLN 10 million.
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