Property tax can't be 'banana peel' for govt, says Baretta
IMU should not be a 'point of contention'27 August, 13:53
''The government is certainly in an precarious situation and any significant element that must be faced risks becoming a 'banana peel''' that could mean the end of the current administration, Pier Paolo Baretta of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) told Radio1 listeners.
''Certainly the IMU (property tax) should not be a point of contention in this phase, and precisely for this reason, it is necessary to avoid letting the IMU become an alibi, the 'banana peel' that allows the government to slip,'' Baretta continued.
Leaders in Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party (PdL) - who are junior partners in the executive - have threatened to withdraw their support for the government over two main bones of contention - the IMU property tax and banning centre-left leader Silvio Berlusconi from the Senate. Berlusconi made eliminating the IMU property tax a major campaign promise in an election that saw a weakened right come roaring back to second place last February, and the centre-left working with the PdL on overhauling or repealing the tax. The second issue is the PD senators' plan to ban Berlusconi from the Senate in a September 9 vote, after the ex-premier received a definitive conviction for tax fraud in early August.
The PD has so far turned a deaf ear to PdL appeals and ultimatums to save the media tycoon's seat in the Upper House.
''The government must address the priorities without evasion, regardless of the political framework,'' Baretta continued.
''Resolving matters of substance makes a strong contribution to stability,'' Baretta assured.