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JHL wants more money for municipalities in the 2013 state budget

JHL (13.08.2012 - Juhani Artto) JHL proposes several changes to the 2013 state budget proposal published on Wednesday by the Ministry of Finance. The government will deliberate on the Ministry's proposal at the end of August.

JHL is satisfied with the proposal's overall trend emphasizing the need for tax rises instead of cuts in public expenditure when balancing the budget.

However, the union is dissatisfied with the proposed EUR 125 million cuts in the state's support towards municipalities. "Reduction in this support to the municipalities will inevitably mean weaker services and cuts in personnel", JHL notes critically.

It urges the state to make up for any loss of direct support by, for example, directing revenues from the waste tax and other eventual environmental taxes to the municipalities.

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