Söder warned that some federal states could "go bankrupt" as a result of the planned measures. The relief package is "a bill at the expense of the federal states and the effect is controversial". Since the federal government had decided on the measures, the federal government would “have to spend significantly more money in order to come to a joint solution”.
Last weekend, the parties in the traffic light coalition agreed on a third relief package worth 65 billion euros in view of the sharp rise in energy and living costs. Among other things, it provides for direct payments for pensioners and students, a heating cost subsidy for housing benefit recipients and an increase in child benefit. An electricity price brake is also planned. It is intended to guarantee private households "electricity at a reduced price" for basic consumption.
The federal government also wants to contribute 1.5 billion euros a year to a successor model for the popular nine-euro ticket. The prerequisite is that the federal states make at least the same amount available.