House of Representatives can seize ‘power’ over Prince Day pieces, is that successful?

Rarely did the House of Representatives have had so much freedom and opportunity to adjust the Cabinet‘s budget after Prinsjesdag. The chances are for grabs because the cabinet is demissionary, there is little new policy in the budgets and economic growth.

And, unlike in other years, there is no government coalition of political parties that, according to agreed agreements, represents a majority of the House of Representatives. The Christian Union has said that there is no more coalition, so no coalition agreements either.

The opposition parties can therefore try to adjust the 2022 budgets of all ministries. This can be done by looking for (varying) majorities – including with government parties – who agree on how to do so and what it may cost. For example, spending more or less money on climate or nitrogen, raising teacher and healthcare salaries, or adjusting asylum policies.

But yesterday, during the first day of the General Political Reflections, there was little sight of similarities.

State Tasse

In any case, the abolition of the landlord tax seems to be a majority. Government Party CDA wants to return to ‘public housing‘ as a government task with good and affordable rental housing. This is also an old wish of opposition parties such as PVV, SP and GroenLinks. Alone, abolishing that landlord tax costs the state cash$1.9 billion in revenue.

So the question is where the parties want to get that money from. What needs to be deleted from the โ€œhousehold bookโ€ to pay for this? Fewer asylum seekers say, higher tax for large companies says the other.

As far as VVD is concerned, there is only an extra 1 billion euros to spend for all the Chamber’s wishes. Acting VVD Group Chairman Hermans was sent out to talk to the other groups about what they want to spend this amount on. But that plan failed. The opposition parties believe that they do decide how much money they want to spend differently.


GroenLinks leader Klaver called the VVD plan โ€œthe arrogance of powerโ€ and told Hermans: โ€œThe Chamber is all over the budget these days, not just the one billion. I‘m very fierce on that, because that’s not the politics I believe in. That the amount is determined first and only then the problems are sought.โ€

Clover wants to name the problems first and then determine what it costs to solve them.

It won‘t be easy to find more money to pay for new plans. Many parties do not want the public debt to increase as a result.

The wish lists are full of different ideas. For example, SP, PvdA and GroenLinks want to increase the minimum wage, increase the salaries of primary school teachers and healthcare staff, abolish the student loan system and reduce the burden on single families and pensioners. That costs hundreds of millions. The tax on companies should go up, they say.


On the ‘right‘ PVV and JA21 ask the VVD to speak and limit the influx of asylum seekers, spend more money on combating crime and spending less on climate measures than the seven billion currently on the budget. And there’s also more money to go to defense and family burden relief.

Plans enough, but they‘re going all directions. Also about where the money for those plans should come from.

Today will show whether the parties will find each other behind the scenes when writing down and signing motions that can reach a majority. They will then submit them at the end of the day. It probably won’t be voted on until late in the night.

From 10.15 am, the missionary Prime Minister Rutte will answer all the parliamentary questions yesterday. Whether this day of negotiation will be a stepping stone to his new cabinet is no doubt.

The debate starts at 10.15 a.m. and can be followed live on NPO 1, and NPO Politics.