Cut 23 bn euros in 'wasteful' local spending - business (2)

Confcommercio says taxes could be put to better use

(ANSA) - Rome, July 22 - Almost 23 billion euros in "wasteful" spending could be cut from local government budgets and redeployed for more essential services, business group Confcommercio said in a study released Wednesday. Using the northern Lombardy region as a base for comparison, it said other regions are wasting resources. Calling Lombardy "the most virtuous" of regional governments, Confcommercio said that public services at that level should cost just over 102 billion euro compared to the current 174 billion euro.
   

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