Italy Senate speaker Grasso slashes stipend by more than 50%

Also foregoes apartments, drivers and halves security

Italy Senate speaker Grasso slashes stipend by more than 50%

Rome, March 21 - Italy's newly-elected Senate leader Pietro Grasso said he plans to forego more than half of the monthly stipend he receives for his job, the second most senior public posting recognized by Italy's constitution. Grasso said he planned to cut the salary he receives for his public posting to 9,000 euros from 18,600 euros. "Aside from the payments I am not legally permitted to forego, I have decided to give up all the rest", including per diem and general expenses, Grasso said. On an annual level this works out to be a total saving of 111,960 euros on a total of 223,169 euros. Grasso went on to say he would also forego the paid apartments that the position is awarded with by the State, as well as the drivers. He added that he also planned to slash in half the security personnel the Interior Ministry dedicated to protecting his persona, despite his being a former anti-Mafia judge. The security team "has been a painful necessity rather than a privilege" following the delicate criminal organization trials he was involved in, Grasso said.

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