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
directing revenues from the waste tax and other eventual environmental taxes
to the municipalities.