Financial Secretary Chen Maobo said in a radio program that distributing electronic consumer coupons during the epidemic in the past few years has cost a lot, and now he has to "watch and eat", "it may not be possible to do so vigorously."
Chen Maobo said when referring to consumer coupons: "Generally speaking, there are some policies that need to be adjusted." (Information picture)
It is expected to adopt a moderately loose fiscal policy this year
Chen Maobo said on the Hong Kong radio program "All Words", that in the past few years under the epidemic, expansionary fiscal policies have been adopted, and hundreds of billions of billions of dollars have been spent in the past few years. When entering recovery, future development must be taken into account.
Economist Xu Jiajian said that this year is estimated to be a large-scale deficit, but at the same time, the coming year will definitely be better than previous years.
He said that the first step for Hong Kong to return to normal is very difficult, because many Hong Kong people travel and it is difficult to do local business.
The return to normal has to be done in stages. For example, airlines have stated that they can only resume 70% of their flights by the end of the year. Therefore, it is very important to make everyone more comfortable during this process.
Regarding the distribution of electronic consumer coupons, Chen Maobo said that in the past two years, the economic downturn due to his illness has relieved the pressure on the public, but it has cost a lot, and he has recently received support and opposition.
The economic recovery is still uncertain, "but generally speaking, some policies need to be adjusted, and it may not be possible to do so vigorously." He also said that fiscal stability is very important to society, and only when encountering big storms can "withstand" it.
Regarding whether there is a 5,000 yuan consumption coupon, Chen Maobo said: "It seems that friends who are housekeepers have to look at their wallets to eat."
Children's medical vouchers "need to be reconsidered"
Some citizens said that in addition to caring for grassroots citizens, we should also care for middle-class families, especially families with children, which can relieve their education and housing expenses.
A middle school teacher said that there are many young people around him who would consider starting a family and having children. They also pointed out that the two of them had to find someone to take care of their children while they were working. They suggested that hiring a foreign domestic helper is tax-deductible.
Chen Maobo responded that this year's medical expenses will be about 160 billion yuan. As for the request for outsourcing of cataracts, he said that he would consult the Medical and Health Bureau for research, and said that some medical services have already been outsourced.
As for children's medical vouchers, Chen Maobo pointed out that different people have medical needs, and there should be more consideration in providing medical vouchers for specific people.
Xu Jiajian pointed out that with the aging population, the government's public expenditure must be higher and higher, and the market can also play a certain role, allowing some patients to help the private market.
It can also promote disease prevention.
Property prices "monitored very urgently"
As for the middle class, Xu Jiajian pointed out that under the "spicy tricks", the middle class will be under great pressure to change their flats, but he reminded that tens of billions of dollars in taxes are involved, and the government must carefully study the situation of helping the middle class to change flats.
In terms of having children, he emphasized that the living area should be increased in the long run so that the middle class can feel comfortable and more willing to have children.
Chen Maobo also said that the government also wants to "enlarge" housing, and has increased the supply in the past few years, and "monitoring property prices is very important, and I hope to develop steadily."
Consumption voucher︱Chen Maobo said that the decision has not been finalized: large expenditures must be carefully adopted to listen to opinions, including how to distribute the budget｜Heung Yee Kuk advocates consumption vouchers of 5,000 yuan at the cost price of HOS housing, and sells free labor unions in the five tunnels of the New Territories. Parental duty-free ceiling and transportation allowance budget｜Yang Yongjie advocated the issuance of at least 5,000 yuan consumer vouchers Jiang Yuhuan proposed a 3-year "housing voucher" consumer voucher｜Scholar advocated 2 to 3,000 yuan for the whole people, 5,000 to 10,000 yuan for the grassroots plus gaming tax little help