“A coalition government can also be very effective in management. The problem we had in Madrid is that the Ciudadanos comrades suffered, and it is useless to deny it, from a lot of disloyalty. We had committed ourselves to all of them and we were ready for maximum collaboration. But the climate was not of loyalty and that harmed the work of the Government. Now, with a monocolor government of the PP and with parliamentary support that we have, we trust that we will be able to carry out all our projects». This is how one of the advisers of the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso describes in the Community of Madrid the change that 4-M meant for them. The crisis with Ciudadanos triggered the electoral advance in May 2021 and the polls allowed the popular candidate to form a monochrome Executive. Going from the coalition with the oranges to a smaller team – the councils were reduced from 13 to 9 – and without differences in criteria and strategy as notable as those between Ayuso and Ignacio Aguado has allowed Sol to give a significant acceleration in their task of passing laws. There is the balance: in the present mandate, six new standards have already completed their journey, have received the approval of both the regional Executive and the Madrid Assembly and are in force, and another nine bills have already been approved by the Governing Council and are at different stages of parliamentary processing.
From the Ayuso team they consider that the situation experienced between the investiture of 2019 and the government crisis of March 2021 made it unfeasible to carry out all these initiatives. The diagnosis seems clear: Ciudadanos was a brake and a ballast for the action of the Madrid Executive. Does all this mean that coalition governments are doomed to fail? «We prefer to think that not because it is a coalition it has to be necessarily more ineffective. What we do believe is that it depends a lot on the attitude of both parties in that coalition. When a government is of a single party, it is easier to manage things and process initiatives, ”they assure from the Madrid Executive.
In fact, during the electoral campaign prior to the 4-M elections, one of the messages that Ayuso insisted on the most revolved around the need to be able to articulate a single-color government without the tensions that coexistence with Aguado had caused: « I don’t want to talk about pacts because I would like to govern alone. I want to govern in freedom because I want to commit to making a series of reforms and measures that are now needed for Madrid », he stressed then.
Regarding the laws approved both in the Governing Council and in the Assembly of Madrid the Budget for 2022 stands out. The first accounts with Ayuso’s signature since she became president. Approved after an agreement with Vox, these are budgets that exceed the 23 billion, 14% more than those of 2019, the last ones that the region had without counting its successive extensions. The regional government assured that these accounts were focused on social items: with 88% of total public spending, an investment of almost 8,800 million in Health and with the largest tax cut in history.
The other five laws already in force are the following: the one that modified the regulation of Radio Televisión Madrid (July 9) in what affects, among other things, the appointment of its director; the Reduction of the Scale of the Community of Madrid in the Tax on the Income of Physical Persons (October 21); the one that allowed to suppress the three own taxes that continued existing the Community of Madrid (December 22); the Master Law on Freedom of Educational Choice of the Community of Madrid (February 10), which has come, according to the Ministry of Education, to “guarantee the basic pillars of the Madrid educational system in the face of the threat posed by the implementation of the state LOMLOE (known as Celaá Law)”; and the Law of Recognition of the Private University University of Design, Innovation and Technology (UDIT).
In parliamentary process
Already approved by the Government of Ayuso, but pending completion of its parliamentary journey, there are another nine bills. Two of them were illuminated last Wednesday by the Executive: the Autonomous Law for the creation of the Integrated System of Civil Protection and Emergencies and the Law on Cooperatives. Another, sent to the Madrid parliament in January, shapes one of Ayuso’s great commitments in his investiture speech. This is the Draft Law for the defense of the financial autonomy of the autonomous community, with which it seeks to shield the fiscal and economic policy of Madrid against the intention announced on several occasions by the Government of Pedro Sánchez to carry out a fiscal harmonization throughout the national territory that supposes, in practice, a tax increase for the people of Madrid through the back door. The projects of the Open Market Law have also been approved; the one known as the Omnibus Law with measures to “promote economic activity and the modernization of the Administration of the region”; the regulation of the communication of information by the marketers of reference to the Community of Madrid for the management and payment of the thermal social bond; the Pharmaceutical Management and Care Law; the Law of Archives and Documents of the Community of Madrid; and the Law of the new Agency for the Support of Adult Persons with Disabilities.
Precisely one of the changes that the Popular Party, through its parliamentary group in the Vallecas Assembly, plans to introduce in the next reform of the Statute of Autonomy has to do with the introduction of a figure that is regulated in other autonomous communities, but not in Madrid, and that would allow greater agility in legislative work. As the new general secretary of the PP in Madrid, Alfonso Serrano, advanced last week to LA RAZÓN, this change would mean the regulation of the legislative decree: “It allows you to make quick decisions on matters subject to law and this, at the time of the pandemic, would have been very useful to us,” adds Serrano. And it is that he details that to save this situation, bills that are simple are taken to the Assembly using the “single reading” formula as a way to speed up procedures and deadlines. That is to say, it is an abbreviated processing route and that on more than one occasion has been the source of controversy and has generated discomfort among groups on the left, as has happened in the case of the Madrid Radio Television Law or the Land Law. .