SP mayors criticize potential “salmon tax” in Norway

SalmonPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Several mayors from the Center Party (SP) are asking the government not to put forward proposals for a so-called salmon tax in the national budget that is to be presented later this autumn.

Mayor Sigrun Wiggen Prestbakmo (SP) in Salangen Municipality told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that such a tax would be a “robbery” from the coastal communities.

“I have told the minister that if this is implemented, he must prioritize crisis packages along the coast,” she said.

“Tax and duty changes will be presented in the national budget on October 6. We do not comment on what the contents may be,” communications manager at the Ministry of Finance Therese Riiser said.

The employee organization YS is among those who have come out and proposed separate taxation of salmon farming businesses. 

“The government is announcing tighter budgets going forward. I expect the government to protect ordinary people and find new sources of income. One of these is the salmon tax, which would give us 7 billion kroner a year,” Hans-Erik Skjæggerud, first deputy chairman of YS, said in a recent press release.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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