Maneuver, Meritocracy Italy asks to also focus on healthcare, training and public safety

Asked the Meloni Government for a change of pace

The launch of the new budget law is now imminent which, although with a process facilitated by the “majority pact”, cannot fail to open up to changes that particularly enhance public health, public safety, scientific research and training. “It is not acceptable that the sacrifice on public spending always falls on the pillars of our society, trying to bring advantages only and always in favor of the usual sectors. Meritocracy Italy asks the Meloni Government for a change of pace”.

Through the budget law, Meritocracy Italy explains in a note, a clear message will be sent on the vision on which the Italy of the present and tomorrow is intended to be built. Upstream of the evaluation, one cannot help but complain about a profound information ambiguity, also due to a journalism that is not impartial and not inclined towards transparency. The individual points of the new regulatory provision are the subject of conflicting assessments, not based on unequivocal data. This generates disorientation and does not allow citizens to take informed positions on the actual acceptability of the choices made by the Government.

In recent weeks, Meritocracy Italia has already brought its intervention proposals to the attention of the institutions, especially with regard to the healthcare sector, asking, among other things, to exclude healthcare spending, at least that relating to prevention (vaccinations, screening, diagnostics , etc.), from the stability pact, so as to be able to concretely invest in the health of Italian citizens and reduce the cost of care in the future.

Today, in addition: it proposes to focus, in the regulation of the rental market, on greater rigor in controls, given the very high number of unregistered and undeclared contracts, also with interventions aimed at guaranteeing the payment of the taxation due by part of sharing platforms such as airbnb; the maneuver does not affect exclusively those who, in compliance with the law, declare the existence of the relationship; against ‘high rents’ – which is not only a problem for students, but also for off-site workers, single people and low-income families who have difficulty finding houses to rent at affordable prices – he proposes that local administrations in concert with the Universities, can develop a medium-long term plan for the planning and construction of new “student houses”, redeveloping and reusing the many disused public buildings in large cities, or adapting private buildings that are suitable for creation of accommodation for students; and that a survey be carried out throughout the national territory to identify critical housing situations in the various municipalities and develop, in concert with local administrations and the main bodies in charge (IACP, ATER and social housing agencies), plans -casa’ for the recovery of existing buildings or the construction of new social housing to be made available with controlled rents.

Furthermore, it asks to insist on the interventions necessary to reduce the contribution wedge paid by the worker, which generates an increase in net wages for employees and, at a time when, due to inflation and the general increase in costs for consumers and families, can help maintain the purchasing power of families; that it is the first step towards a structural and stable reduction in taxation on employees; with regard to the purchase of products for the protection of female intimate hygiene, tampons and sanitary pads and some children’s products, which should be considered of primary necessity, requests that VAT be increased to 4% for “basic” category, i.e., if we want to keep VAT at 10%, we can avoid that this higher cost burdens the final consumer, through the provision of controlled prices.

And again, he asks that the Rai license fee be abolished for families and for all those commercial establishments currently forced to pay for a public service which, often, they don’t even benefit from; it would be a contribution to reducing the costs of living and to the creation of that renewed relationship between public services provided by the State and often granted under concession by the State to private individuals without the necessary monitoring actions on the quality of the services provided to protect citizens; regarding Superbonus, he asks that every intervention is finally based on regulatory clarity, useful for establishing fixed points that do not give rise to new ambiguities, which are added to the old ones; in addition to promoting a solid insurance plan against damage from natural catastrophes, it proposes investing in the protection and safety of the territory, with the Regions having to monitor critical issues, blocking the building rights of floodplain areas or class A alluvial land, destination of new resources for the analysis, design and construction of urban or open-air lamination tanks, and creation of an infrastructural recovery plan, carrying out a careful mapping of the critical issues across the entire national territory, enhancing the best available technologies ( seismic isolation or energy dissipation, as regards seismic safety), and having regard to energy inadequacy, architectural barriers and the energy system.

Furthermore, in sharing the overall strategic vision and the need for collaboration between interested parties, public and private, Meritocracy hopes that the construction of the bridge over the Strait of Messina, to be renamed ‘Ponte Italia’, will begin within the expected timescales, without further delay. At the same time, however, also in consideration of recent dramatic experiences, it calls for special care in choosing the anti-seismic system to adopt (seismic or dissipative isolation) and its positioning (above or below the piles that will support the deck), and that the project is designed in such a way as to guarantee that the bridge deck is able to withstand, not only earthquakes and tsunamis, but also winds of the highest possible intensity in the Strait area.

Furthermore, in the desire to distinguish itself from the many movements and committees of sterile protest, for which it is always profitable, in terms of capitalizing consensus, to ask and demand greater public expenditure, without worrying about the financial coverage, which is constitutionally necessary, Meritocracy also proposes that the greater expenditure can be covered through: the confirmation of the drastic reduction in building bonuses that have artificially drugged the Italian GDP since 2020, with a provision, in particular that of 110%, which undermines the principle of competing interests, allowing the full recovery of expenses , even rewarding them with an additional 10%; the increase in the tax rate on rents, starting from the second house owned by the landlord, from 21% to 26%, leaving the rate of 11% on agreed-upon rents unchanged, as a premium to the landlords, who, in exchange for softer taxation, contribute to a regulated market for housing rentals in large cities; with the substantial increase in the IMU for properties, both residential and commercial, which remain unrented for more than a year, with the sole exception of unemployed owners, over 70 years of age or with more than one dependent child .

This provision, in addition to guaranteeing significantly greater revenues at local authority level, would have a significant social impact to induce landlords to rent properties in any way, even at the cost of accepting reduced rents. This provision, due to the greater supply of properties at reduced rents, would trigger a calming effect for the real estate market, without public costs, but, indeed, with greater revenues; with a better fight against tax evasion and with the efficiency of the process of recovering unpaid taxes; with the activation of a special technical-legal team – possibly also drawing resources from the private sector – to find repeat non-payers, the “open and close” companies, with the aim of reducing the stock of stranded roles at ADER and/or or not let it rise further, especially once the scrapping-quater phase has passed. An Exit Agency should then finally be established for the management of the public administration’s debts towards citizens. Beyond any sterile controversy, let this be the moment to work in synergy and with intellectual honesty, for the good of the country, a common objective, he concludes.