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Löfven would reverse tax cuts for high-income earners

Published lördag 16 mars 2013 kl 17.24
The Social Democrats' leader Stefan Löfven.

The Social Democrats would not reverse the centre-right government's successive income-tax reductions if they win election next year, according to party leader Stefan Löfven.

"We do not want to change conditions for regular employees. Many have adjusted their consumption, cost of housing and everything else according to the reductions," Löfven told news agency TT.

But he added that high-income earners, with a monthly salary of over 60 000 SEK, would not keep their income tax reductions.

Löfven did not say whether or not he supports the government's planned, fifth reduction of income taxes on labour, but said the tax cuts have not had the intended effect.

"That's been proven," he said. "[The government] said if it could only lower taxes, unemployment would decrease. But the unemployment rate is higher now than when they came to power."

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