It is very uncertain what will remain after the government’s budget proposal for 2022. But here are the news that the government itself highlights as the most important in its proposal.
It is the government of Erna Solberg that presents the state budget. In practice, it has been working on since the presentation of the previous budget.
But the incoming government will make its mark on next year’s budget when it takes over. The government platform will be presented on Wednesday and the new ministers will be announced on Thursday.
The state budget should not be approved by the Storting before mid-December.
Here you can get an overview of the current government’s most important proposal in the state budget for 2022.
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The government will spend less oil money than it has spent in recent years.
They propose to spend 322.4 billion crowns. That’s NOK 84.4 billion less than this year.
However, Nordea’s chief economist Kjetil Olsen is not impressed by the government’s tightening. He points out that the use of oil money is higher than before the crown crisis.
The end of the corona pandemic has caused the Norwegian economy to accelerate. The government expects activity to be higher than normal, with good job opportunities in 2022. And that the growth of the economy will be higher than normal in 2023 and 2024 as well.
C02 tax increase
The government wants to continue its climate plan by increasing the CO2 tax by 28 percent. In the proposed state budget, the tax will be increased from NOK 591 to NOK 766 in 2022. This corresponds to 28 percent in addition to price adjustments.
It is a powerful leap and people will feel it.
This means, among other things, that the gasoline tax will increase by 41 øre per liter. liters, according to NRK. The increase is not offset by a reduction in the toll, as the government has previously done.
Allotments for the railways have increased considerably year after year, for several years. The increase will be less next year. But again, more than 30 billion is proposed for the railways, that is, 31.8 billion.
This will go towards the opening of the Oslo-Ski Follo line, preparatory work on the Ringerik line and the development of the new European ERTMS signaling system on the Gjøvik line and the Nordlands line.
New passenger trains will replace some old ones in eastern Norway.
Paying more expensive dollars
The weakness of the Norwegian krone and the high dollar exchange rate have been a major problem for the Armed Forces for several years.
The Armed Forces are making significant investments in US military equipment, including F-35 fighter jets. Fighter jets become much more expensive to buy when the dollar is high.
Until this year, the Armed Forces themselves have had to fill the void. “Unfavorable exchange rates between the Norwegian krone and the most relevant foreign currencies have led to significant additional spending in 2021,” it says in the government’s defense budget proposal.
The expensive dollar has also caused delays in several major investment projects.
Now the government is introducing a new principle. Investments of more than a billion must be offset in foreign exchange. This means that the government gives extra money to the Armed Forces to fill the dollar gap. In this year’s budget, the government reserves NOK 345 million. Among other things, the money will facilitate the purchase of weapons for the fighter jets.
Billions for data in the Armed Forces
The defense budget is increased by 6.6 percent to approx. 69 billion Danish crowns
By 2022, NOK 2.9 billion is proposed for what is called “modernization of combat-oriented ICT systems” for the ground forces, the Air Force and the Navy, called Mime. The project will run until 2030.
More on measures against child and juvenile delinquency
The government proposes to allocate NOK 8 million for measures against child, youth and gang crime. In addition, the government proposes to allocate NOK 3 million for a pilot exit program for gang offenders.
The prevalence of gang crime is small in Norway. At the same time, there are challenges with a small group of youth committing serious and repeat crimes and at risk of being recruited into gang settings.
Safer for children and young people in traffic
In the state budget, the government proposes NOK 49 million for measures to make it safer for children and young people in traffic.
The money is distributed as follows:
- 40 million for a new subsidy scheme for school roads and safer local communities
- 5 million more for Trygg Trafikk
- 2 million for the project Young man in traffic: no friends to lose
- 2 million to the National Solution against Child Trafficking
Nasjonal Barnetråkkløs is a project where the school journey of children should be documented, as well as what children like or experience as problems or dangers in traffic.
Refugees needing extra help
The government wants a faster settlement of refugees with disabilities.
Refugees with complex and ongoing aid needs often have to wait a long time before settling down, the government writes in the state budget. He proposes doubling the term of the grant from five to ten years, so that everyone can get a municipality to live faster.
55 new years-police man
The government also wants to allocate NOK 68.2 million to 55 new man-years for operational police officers. In the budget proposal for 2022, an additional 10 million NOK is also allocated to the police prosecutor’s office. This is to strengthen basic preparedness across the country and enhance the operational response capacity of police districts.
Work against cyberbullying is also being reinforced. The government wants to allocate 10 million to police web patrol and digital police work. This is a five million increase.
The development aid budget is increased by NOK 3.8 billion. In addition, NOK 2 billion will be set aside for a climate fund that will support conversion to renewable energy in developing countries.
Climate, electric cars and hunchbacked salmon
Nysnø is the state’s own climate investment company. They must make “long-term profitable investments that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases and a good domino effect in society.”
In the budget for 2022, it is proposed that Nysnø receive NOK 900 million, NOK 200 million more than in this year’s budget.
On the climate side, the coal power plant in Svalbard will be replaced by a diesel power plant.
The VAT exemption for electric cars will be maintained.
Several rivers in Finnmark are experiencing an invasion from what is called humpback salmon, a type of salmon released from Russia a few years ago. Large quantities of salmon do not return to the sea after going up the rivers. They die and cause pollution.
The government will spend 15.3 million to set traps in these rivers.
The general practitioner service is strengthened
The government will strengthen the general practitioner service by 1.6 billion by 2024. In the government’s proposal, the general practitioner service will be strengthened by another NOK 300 million in 2022.
Among other things, they want to strengthen the basic grant by a total of NOK 205 million. The goal is to increase the safety of doctors who start with short lists and to make it easier for doctors to reduce their workload.
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The government will spend $ 435.7 million on forest protection, roughly the same as last year.
In total, the government claims it has allocated 3.3 billion for forest protection, more than double the previous red-green government.
Since 2013, 656 forest areas have been protected with a total of 1,126 square kilometers of productive forest.
4 million will be used to restore types of nature that have not been restored before, such as dunes and open limestone terrain.
A total of 40 million is proposed for the restoration of peatlands and other wetlands.
New base for rescue helicopters
The government proposes to allocate a total of NOK 243.1 million for the establishment of a new rescue helicopter base in Tromsø.
This will be coordinated with the Governor’s helicopter service in Svalbard.
The reason is the long distances between the rescue helicopter bases at Bodø in Nordland and Banak in Finnmark.
Weather conditions, long periods of darkness, and increased activity related to cruise ship traffic and mountain tourism present special challenges, the government writes in its state budget proposal.
The new base will be operational during 2022.