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State commissioner contests 70% of Sicily budget law

Norms challenged include poverty subsidies, unmarried couples

23 January, 16:27
State commissioner contests 70% of Sicily budget law (ANSA) - Palermo, January 23 - The highest state official for Sicily, the Commissioner of State, has contested more than two thirds of the contents of the new budget law passed by the regional assembly of the Southern Italian island, a move which effectively blocks its execution.

Among the 70% of the norms that have been challenged are some of the ones that were personally supported and promoted by Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta, including a law that recognizes unmarried couples as forming a family, as well as one that would assist poor families guaranteeing them a minimum subsidy of 400 euros a month that would have involved some 15 million euros of state funding. In addition, a project aiming to restructure abandoned real estate in historic centres for the use of poor families and individuals has been contested.