Voters react positively to Orban s action plan, says Fidesz official
<p>Budapest, June 15 (MTI) - Voters have generally reacted positively to Prime Minister Viktor Orban s 29-point action plan, Lajos Kosa, Fidesz s deputy leader, told a news conference on Tuesday.</p>
Kosa said that the proposal for a flat 16-percent income tax was the "least understood" component of the package, according to Fidesz s own analysis.
Kosa said that the opposition Socialist reactions that the tax would put additional burdens on the poor while benefitting the well-off had probably influenced public opinion negatively, but he added that the ratio of positive views was still well above 60 percent.
"The new tax will favour everyone", said Kosa, saying that some families would be compensated through family support measures, and the tax on the minimum wage might be offset by a possible raise in the wage itself.
According to another survey, published be the Szazadveg Institute on Monday, an average 84 percent of respondents were in agreement with the goals of the action plan announced on June 8.
The lowest-level support, 52 percent, was given to the flat personal income tax, the pollster said.
Socialist deputy leader Imre Szekeres told a news conference that Orban s action plan amounted to an admission that economic conditions must be taken into consideration and that his governing predecessor s budget had been well-founded. He said that Fidesz promised large tax cuts only two weeks ago, but instead, taxes on the poor would be higher from next year in order to enable lower taxes for the better-off. As a result of the new tax changes, Hungary s system will the least sympathetic to the poor in the whole of Europe, he said.