Daily: Majority of election candidates would hike income taxes to maintain services, benefits

Most Left Alliance and the SDP candidates backed higher income taxes over cuts to services and benefits. A majority of NCP candidates rejected the idea.

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Two out of three candidates running in parliamentary elections due on 14 April said they would prefer to increase taxes on earned income rather than cut services or social benefits, according to the Uutissuomalainen news consortium.

The news agency’s finding was based on an analysis of responses election candidates provided to election compass surveys conducted by the Keskisuomalainen news group and the regional daily, Karjalainen.

Uutissuomalainen’s analysis found that most candidates running on the tickets of the Left Alliance and the Social Democratic Party supported increasing taxes on earned income, while National Coalition Party candidates were most opposed to the proposal.

Candidates were asked to respond to the claim, "It is better to cut services and benefits than to hike taxes on earned income."

All of the Left Alliance candidates and 95 percent of SDP election hopefuls disagreed with the assertion. A majority of Greens' candidates also rejected the idea.

NCP candidates meanwhile most strongly opposed raising income taxes. Three out of four of the party’s candidates indicated that they would prefer to spend less on services and benefits than to hike income taxes.

However Finns Party candidates were divided on the issue, with half backing steeper income taxes, while the other half preferring to scale back services and benefits to avoid higher taxes.

Candidates from the Christian Democratic Party, the Seven Star Movement, the Centre Party and the Blue Reform all fell in the middle of the spectrum of views on the issue.