Not even Salomon, and certainly no prime minister can pour wine from an empty vessel. As the regulations adopted by the current Sejm generate very serious costs for the budget, the issue of finding money to cover the planned expenses has become pressing – President of Employers of Poland writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Plans that seemed easy to carry out are turning into nightmares for the officials. One such case is the trade tax, which was expected to come into force starting in April. April is around the corner, but the bill is still in tatters – he remarks.
– Failing to execute existing regulations and drafting new ones in their place has become a Polish tradition – as if the mere multiplication of regulations caused problems to disappear. The budgetary income always looks great in prognoses, but reality is less pretty. It is not always the fault of excessively optimistic calculations or the officials’ indolence. Or – to be frank – bad intent – he adds.
According to the President of Employers of Poland, a telling example is the excessive excise on tobacco products imposed by the previous government. As a result, every sixth cigarette smoked in Poland today comes from smuggling. Smuggling is made easier by regulations which present no obstacles to smugglers, as well as by the lack of monitoring on key smuggling routes. He reminds that in recent years, extensions of the viaTOLL system have been blocked and that it did not cover important zones by the Easter and Western borders.
– Minister Morawiecki does not need to prepare a special plan to fix this hole, a special package of bills is not needed either. All it takes is a decision. It is hard to believe that it has not been taken yet – Malinowski assesses.
– In bureaucracy, an issue has to mature for a while before it is considered sufficiently important. I am under the impression that tightening the security of our borders and our tax system has waited long enough and been mentioned by politicians often enough. Every day of delay means a loss of money. A public debt calculator, showing the real time increase in the debt of all of us, is placed in central Warsaw. It is time for similar calculators for money lost due to officials negligence to be place before some ministries – he concludes.