Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je attended Wednesday the “Vision Taiwan 2030” forum, discussing issues ranging from “housing price” to “generational justice” with KMT chairman Johnny Chiang.
During the forum, Ko, who is also and chairman of Taiwan People’s Party (台灣民眾黨), repeatedly criticized the Legislative Yuan for delaying a much-expected tax bill on hoarded houses and empty houses.
The mayor pointed out that the government should have more financial discipline to achieve social justice.
He criticized the central government as well as most of the local governments for accumulating too much debt for future generations to pay, as Taiwan’s aging problem grew more severe, the burden on the next generation would be heavier.
Johnny Chiang agreed with Ko Wen-je and further pointed out that the welfare programs for lower-income families are insufficient. Problems such as low wages and unaffordable housing prices that the young generation faces are also yet to be taken care of, he pointed out.
When discussing issues regarding tax reform, Ko Wen-je said that the Taipei parliament has put aside tax bills on hoarded houses as well as empty houses without a real intention of passing them.
He turned to Johnny Chiang twice during the meeting and said: “The legislature should solve this problem,” calling on him to do something about it.
In response, Johnny Chiang said that the tax bills mentioned are part of the reform of the overall tax system, the focus is on how to achieve fairness while increasing the country’s fiscal revenue at the same time.
“Not only the rich but young people also pay a lot of taxes” he went on. “The key problem is on how the tax revenue is used, which is a topic that hasn’t been thoroughly reviewed so far.”