A Vaudois committee stands up against the electricity law

A Vaudois committee stands up against the electricity law
A Vaudois committee stands up against the electricity law

According to the “most favorable” hypothesis, acceptance of the federal initiative on capping health premiums, as already practiced in Vaud, could result in a saving of 209 million francs for the State of Vaud and 61 million for municipalities (based on 2023 accounts). In the “worst case” case, the initiative would be financially neutral.

These two extreme scenarios were developed by the Vaud Council of State, in response on Monday to a question from the socialist deputy Alexandre Démétriadès. The government explains that it is currently impossible to determine the precise consequences of the initiative, if it were to be accepted on June 9 at the polls. “The exact impact for cantonal finances (…) strongly depends on the parameters retained in the federal modifications (law and ordinance) which will result from the possible adoption of the new constitutional article,” he writes.

To respond to the question, the Council of State then identified the most favorable and most unfavorable hypothesis for the cantonal budget. According to the first case, the Vaudois system would be considered to be in conformity with the constitutional article submitted to the vote. The Confederation would then contribute two thirds of the budget allocated to subsidies, compared to around 33% today. Based on the 2023 accounts, the Council of State calculated that the adoption of the initiative would result in a saving of around 209 million for the canton and 61 million for the municipalities.

In the most unfavorable situation, the law and the implementing orders would result in additional obligations for the canton of Vaud, by expanding the circle of beneficiaries and the amount of the maximum premium covered. Based on a “maximalist” interpretation of the initiative, the Council of State concluded that there would be no effect on the Vaudois accounts.

Be careful

In summary, the Vaud government notes that acceptance of the initiative would “certainly” lead to positive financial consequences for the cantonal budget, by reducing the contribution of the canton and, indirectly, that of the municipalities.” It is however cautious in noting that it is “not excluded that the Confederation makes other modifications which, indirectly, would reduce these positive consequences. Furthermore, federal legislation on a subsidy system would certainly modify the scope of cantonal systems, adds the Council.” of state.

Last week in an interview with 24 Heures, Vaud Finance Minister Valérie Dittli was also very cautious. “There are too many uncertainties about the implementation. I doubt that this will bring hundreds of millions of francs to the Canton,” she remarked. Before adding: “With the information that I currently have and the uncertainties that persist about the content of the order, we currently believe that it will not bring us anything.”

As a reminder, in 2019 Vaud introduced a system of capping premiums at 10% of household income. In 2023, more than 280,000 Vaudois would benefit from these health insurance subsidies.

This article was automatically published. Source: ats

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