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Regions submit cuts proposal after Lazio scandal

Governors move to reduce salaries, spending

Regions submit cuts proposal after Lazio scandal

(ANSA) - Rome, September 27 - The governors of Italy's regions on Thursday submitted a list of proposed cuts that the government should impose in response to a string of scandals. The proposals include lowering salaries for regional councilors, assessors and governors. They also proposed reducing the number of regional councilors and cutting spending for special groups and commissions. Pressure has mounted both nationally and internationally on the regions to impose stricter checks on corruption in politics since the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, headed by former premier Silvio Berlusconi, was hit by a scandal that forced its governor in Lazio, the region around Rome, to quit this week. Other scandals have reached Lombardy, Campania, Puglia and Sicily.

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