The Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, says that the Budgets will come into force on January 1, 2023 and is convinced that there will be an agreement “soon” Yolanda Díaz denounces differences in taxation, conciliation measures, plan against inflation, measures for the ecological transition and social policyThe purple ones reproach the PSOE for the fact that two key laws are stuck in Congress, the Housing Law and the repeal of the Gag LawPedro Sánchez wants to approve the last General Budgets of the State of the legislature as he says “in time and form”, but as on previous occasions a first stumbling block has been found in its government partners. United We Can has come out this Monday in a storm to denounce that the PSOE has “blocked” that negotiation and “there is no progress”. In the party they transmit their concern about the lack of agreement and the complaint has been publicly transferred by the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, to stage that the discomfort is at the highest level. From the socialist side, she has been number two in the party and Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, who has tried to reduce the tension. “We will reach an agreement. I am convinced of it,” she said from the PSOE headquarters in Ferraz. The minister, who takes the lead in the budget negotiations, has wanted to be prudent and not enter into controversy. “You will not find me highlighting the differences but what unites us,” says Montero that she frames the reticence of her partners in the difficulties of the complex negotiation that is in the last phase. According to the minister’s criteria, the Budgets will be “in due time and form.” She has not clarified in which Council of Ministers they are going to be approved, but she has guaranteed that they will be in force on January 1, 2023. I do not like to give this idea, but I have to convey it. We are very far away in the negotiation (Yolanda Díaz) “I don’t like to give this idea, but I have to convey it. We are very far away in the negotiation,” Yolanda Díaz had reproached when she entered the Labor Commission in Congress. “There are issues that a progressive government cannot afford,” she lamented. The minister has located the differences with her partners in five specific blocks: taxation, conciliation measures, shock plan against inflation, measures for the ecological transition and social policy. Regarding the tax on large fortunes, an old demand from Podemos, there is still no agreement because the purples want it to be permanent and not temporary. The vice president has also demanded a minimum effective corporate tax rate of 15% and tougher personal income tax on income from capital compared to work. On the rest of the issues, she has not gone into details, but she has claimed to reverse the cuts approved by the PP in terms of social protection during the last crisis and improvements in social assistance. The “central elements” for Podemos Shortly before Díaz’s wake-up call from the headquarters of Podemos, her spokespersons have recalled that these General State Budgets are “crucial” to face the consequences of the war in Ukraine. They point out that they are the main tool of a government to make public policies, execute the pending structural transformations and provide a “horizon of certainties” in the final stretch of the legislature. As “central elements” they place the reinforcement of public services that must entail, in their opinion, more conciliation policies with a new family law, more benefits for vulnerable families and addressing once and for all the pending tax reform to redistribute wealth . Regarding the tax on large fortunes, they have insisted on the need for it not to be temporary because they maintain that social justice “is not removable.” They also underline the need to give free rein to two fundamental laws that are currently stuck in Congress, the Housing Law and the repeal of the Gag Law. Regarding the first, in Podemos they see “inconceivable” that the PSOE does not definitively close this more necessary negotiation than ever before the increase in mortgages in many Spanish families. On the second, they remember that it has been in force for longer with a socialist government than with one of the PP, which is the one that approved it.