Of course, it comes as no surprise to anyone that during a special broadcast (WNL) about provincial council elections, Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) prefers to talk about the distribution of dividends. That is much more important to him than what is decided at provincial level and what is on the agenda there. Every moment is used to put party politics in the spotlight.
GroenLinks, which is generally very involved in local mobility, missed an opportunity to talk about diminishing mobility in the outlying areas. Admittedly, you shouldn't bring politicians like that in front of the cameras to talk about local issues. They have lost touch with reality for a long time, and this is apparent every day from all the files that demand all the attention and will also receive this in the coming decades.
Meanwhile, the GroenLinks leader tweets about his obsession with profit distribution and dividend tax. His latest idea is to distribute dividends between shareholders and employees. The fact that the accumulated pension of entrepreneurs is halved as a result is not important to Klaver. “After all, employees worked for it and ensured that there was profit in the company,” says Jesse Klaver. Klaver does not see the fact that such measures may drive away large companies from the Netherlands as a problem, on the contrary. “There is plenty of work and a great shortage of employees,” says Klaver.
As a political party focused on green and sustainable solutions, GroenLinks is generally very involved in local mobility. The party calls for a reduction in the number of cars on the road and a transition to sustainable modes of transport such as public transport, cycling and walking. In short, GroenLinks strives for greener, more sustainable and healthier local mobility, with more emphasis on public transport, cycling and walking, and less emphasis on cars.
Our living environment is under pressure and due to the disappearance of more and more bus lines and bus shelters, mobility in outlying areas is a subject that must receive full attention in the coming weeks. With the Provincial Council elections approaching, advisers, local politicians and administrators are all over the topic of mobility. It is now easy to score in understandable language with voters, but what remains after that is often disappointing because other themes, which are often more difficult for voters, are given priority. And yet, delving into the programs of political parties is more important than ever.
Not so long ago we wrote about it voting booth where we can determine on March 15 what can happen with our mobility in our own region. We believe that good accessibility of work and facilities such as care, education, cultural institutions and sports clubs is of great importance for the quality of life. When determining your choice, our advice is not to be guided by national politics. After all, it is not about a bus line being canceled. That is what provincial councils do.
The Provincial Council therefore play an important role in decision-making on issues that affect the province and its inhabitants, such as mobility, spatial planning, the economy and the environment. Elections for the Provincial Council take place once every four years and will be organized on March 15, 2023. During the Provincial Council, representatives are elected who make important decisions about the future of the province in which they were elected. Every vote is important for determining a new opportunity to work on better accessibility and quality of life in the region.
Nearly 15 million people are allowed to vote in the provincial elections to be held on March 13,3. Of those entitled to vote, 800 thousand young people are allowed to vote for the Provincial Council for the first time. This is evident from provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands.