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DANISH NEWS - The government has finally found backing for its 2014 budget
After weeks of trying to hammer out a deal with its parliamentary partner, the Red/Green Alliance, Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon ran out of patience yesterday and looked to the opposing side of the aisle for a majority. This is according to media reports including Seven59.dk and jp.dk.
In return for their support, the Liberals and Conservatives have been granted a number of concessions, including DKK10bn of planned tax relief for the business sector to be brought forward over the next four years.
Wage-earners have been given DKK1.3bn of tax cuts with an ‘employment deduction’ while the government has kept the DKK1bn agreed with the Red/Greens for extra home cafe for the elderly.
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt had stated earlier in the day that she would prefer a ‘red’ budget alongside the Red/Greens but blamed the far-left party for failing to close the deal.
Negotiations with the Red/Greens broke down, Monday, when the government refused to make twice-weekly baths for the elderly a legal right.
Danish article here.
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