In the dispute between the federal government and the states over the future financing of projects such as debt digitization or housing construction, there is clear criticism of the minister presidents.
"This reveals a strange understanding of democracy," said eckhardt rehberg, budget policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, to the deutsche presse-agentur in berlin. The plans had been worked out and decided in the bundestag transparently. It must be ensured that the states also participate and do not misuse funds for other purposes, for example, for the expansion of daycare centers.
The 16 federal states reject a change in the basic law because they will in future always have to co-finance half of the projects supported by the federal government, such as social housing or the expansion of daycare centers. As this is a major package that requires a change in the basic law in the bundestag and bundesrat (representing the states), the digital pact is also on hold until further notice.