Poll: Next Budget - what type
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Give Away unveil tax cuts and spending rises (specify below what etc.) 20.00% 1 20.00%
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Raise Popularity Time :P

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Raise Popularity Time :P

After initiating a tough two budgets in order to reduce the country's current budget deficit, it is now successfully balanced running a surplus of rougly 50 billion.
Im wondering how i can raise my popularity, im thinking a give away budget bt i dont want to undo the pain my people have taken in bringing the deficit down from 625 billion to 420 billion.
i have tasks like :
boycott website
driver's license
school uniforms
investment subsidy
competitive sports
scat porn
and work on weekends coming up
any one ?
Thanks,

01.12.2010 18:20
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RE: Raise Popularity Time :P

I wouldn't call that a surplus. ^^

Right, you're running a deficit of over 10% and your total debts are almost twice as high as your GDP. That would hurt your popularity a bit. ^^
Also your welfare is very low, just a third of the living costs. I suppose one in 3-4 people is living of less than the living costs in your country. This leads to a lot of crime and adds to disaproval of your politics.
I also noticed that you are spending very little on PE others. A large part of this PE goes into infrastructure though and infrastructure is important for the economy.

I'd suggest further reducing your deficit. You could still cut back on pensions for example. On the other hand I'd raise welfare and PE others. Also tax reforms might help you grow your economy which would in turn ease your financial problems.


Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

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01.12.2010 20:05
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RE: Raise Popularity Time :P

i said current surplus i.e. my actual state budget versus state expenditure is in surplus. my one including debt interest is not ive reduced it by over 200 billion. bt i dont know what else i can do?!
what tax reforms would you suggest
im introducing a new budget and not sure what to do bt i wont raise welfare for a very long time, as the savings have been used to protect health and education spending
im going to cut pensions again after the next election to approx around 1500 per month, but i wish the taxes were more defined as i would want to cut corporation tax by a lot more than acquisition!
LOL
thanks for your help.

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The acquisition (income tax + obligatory insurances) is not a corporate tax. Reducing the capital tax won't lead to increased investments of the private sector, you can only benefit from this on the long term.
Negative income tax or flat tax is what you need. Go to the regent tab/special options and use the reform propaganda in order to reduce the required influence for reforms by 1.00.


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RE: Raise Popularity Time :P

Although your income from taxes is lower than expenditure before interest payments, these are substantial by themselves and causing your overall debt to increase quite rapidly. From what I know about the matrix, the size of your national debt compared to your GDP is almost certainly the biggest reason that you aren't making any headway with popularity. So at some point, you will need to go down the austerity route.


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01.12.2010 22:29
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RE: Raise Popularity Time :P

Hi there,

As others have said I would strongly urge you to raise your welfare payments. Your people are probably mad as hell that the government spends less on welfare with 11 percent unemployment than they do on corporate welfare (subsidies.) Did you cut your aquisition taxes early on? I would have left them alone until the debt was paid off. You should cut your pensions down to just above living expenses. I would also cut interest rates and increase money supply by the max to hopefully get some growth at least in exports, don't worry about inflation right now.

I really doubt whatever you do to the budget will increase your popularity right now, it looks like it tanked after the last budget change. You might even want to use this winter to get a reform done. If you have AP for propaganda you can either get a tax reform or maybe privatize health care to bring down your expenses.

Try to pick tasks that have options that in real life would increase government control (for influence) be popular and yet be business friendly. Right click on all of them to open in a new window and pick the ones that have the best options. Focus on tasks to build popularity and influence for now, don't even think about giveaways in the budget, you need to raise taxes and cut spending (save for welfare.)

Good Luck!

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RE: Raise Popularity Time :P

It depends where you are with your state. I've got two general tips.
1) Be careful with tasks, never too extreme.
2) Have a "give and take budget"!

High pensions are usually the reason for a high debt... so you wanna cut them, but you have to give something in return!

Example: cut pensions by 8% (in my case that is 8% of 250bil!!!) = savings. But to please the people, I lowered acquisition taxes by 8%... yes that is giving more than taking, but my popularity needed it. To "give" as much as you "take", I would have had to cut somewhere, but I currently don't want to... a higher popularity means I can cut more in the future Wink

Generally, this is my opinion of what do you with your budget:
CUT TO TACKLE DEBT: pensions, welfare (but not below living costs!!), subsidies (slowly unless your economy is vibrant), defense.
INCREASE: excise taxes, health, environment (cheap but popular, ALWAYS increase it!).

Most important advice for you: let your people have their welfare!! Unless you have 3% unemployment, it's good... it's good for your popularity Wink
TO IMPROVE ECONOMY: cut

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RE: Raise Popularity Time :P

henrik has exactly the right attitude
i unveiled a budget of massive tax rises on excise, customs and capital.
and outlined deep spending reduction in anything bt welfare, environment and other.
i need to however outline a preelection budget what should i do.

02.12.2010 23:13
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