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Subsidies - Row over Germany’s public transport ticket jumping from €9 to €49
The state subsidising public transport in Germany has become a live political issue after the federal government announced a new monthly ticket for 49 euros.
However, last summer, the same ticket was 9 euros and anti-poverty campaigners argue that the new ticket is beyond the means of the economy's poorest.
It's a lovely example of the distributional effects of a subsidy: the intention is good, but it seems that the majority of the benefits are going to be enjoyed by the middle-class, not Germany's poor.
Probably worth noting that the Euro 49 per month ticket covers the entirety of Germany and not just one city!