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Opposition's shadow budget invests in local government

Published måndag 25 oktober 2010 kl 13.50
Mikaela Valtersson of the Greens, Thomas Östros of the Social Democrats and Ulla Andersson of the Left presented a joint shadow budget on Monday.

The center-left Red-Green opposition presented their shadow budget on Monday, allocating a billion U.S. dollars more to local districts and counties than the ruling center-right, Alliance proposed last week.

The shadow budget went in line with the opposition's election campaign and proposed investment to hire more teachers for schools, to lower tax on pensioners, and also to lower the employment fee that small businesses and businesses who hire youth have to pay. Meanwhile, not unexpectedly, they want to save money on defence.

The economic spokespersons for the three parties, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left, told Swedish Radio news that it is now time to reflect on and evaluate the Red-Green cooperation. The Radio reports that certain policies coming up in the spring or next fall are highly uncertain, for example, a possible new tax on the wealthy.

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