Madrid (EFE).- The president of the Canary Islands, the socialist Ángel Víctor Torres, today accused the popular presidents of Andalusia, Murcia or Madrid of manipulating public opinion by defending that lowering taxes on high incomes is to attract businesses when it is simply “for the benefit of those who have the most”.

Torres met today with the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá.

Both appeared before the press to highlight the good employment data in the Canary Islands and the increase recorded during this legislature in the households of people with insufficient income who receive public aid.

“When we arrived in government, there were 5,600 assisted households and now 37,000,” Torres recalled, while Escrivá pointed out that “the beneficiaries of the minimum vital income and the Canarian protection income are a total of 65,000 It shows how different ideologies are reflected in politics.

During his appearance before the media, the Canarian president answered a question about a possible recentralisation of taxes to avoid competition between regional governments.

The question referred to the announcement by the Andalusian President, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, to abolish, like the government of Madrid, the wealth tax, a proposal followed in turn by the announcement of other reductions in taxes by the Executive of Murcia, chaired by López Miras, of the PP, like the two previously mentioned.

“How do you say it’s about bringing in business, when it’s about benefiting those who have the most? Those who make these policies grant scholarships to those with the highest incomes and not to those with the lowest incomes, or they end up closing, as is the case in Madrid, health centers or ’emergency, when we have to get used to the defense of public health, ”reproached Torres, in direct reference to the popular Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid.

Escrivá, for his part, again denied talking about fiscal decentralization (“a false polemic based on something I never said”).

Torres, for his part, insisted that “it is right that those who earn the most, for example due to rising energy prices, pay more to help families”.

Escrivá recalled the agreement between the two administrations in favor of those who suffer most from the increase in prices due to the war in Ukraine and, in this sense, defended that the good work that has been done to protect the employment in the Canary Islands during the pandemic is now also facing this new challenge.

And he defended his statements with data such as “from this ministry we protect one in five Canarians, who are pensioners who, regardless of inflation, have their purchasing power guaranteed”.

“In the Canary Islands, last year, employment increased by 8%; Another 60,000 canaries have work. And not only are jobs created, but they are also of high quality. And to this is added the stability generated by the labor reform,” added Escrivá. ECE

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