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VVD: Give anti-poverty money to corporations

31 October 2008 - In order to cope with the impact of the credit crunch, council member Marijn Ornstein (VVD) proposes to take 1 million euro out of the anti-poverty budget and use it to strengthen Amsterdam's economic structure.

Ornstein warns that a recession will lead to job losses. "Now more than ever, as a municipality we have to strengthen Amsterdam's economic structure. We'll fight poverty in the city by retaining and creating jobs. There is no better remedy. The VVD therefore wants to use poverty funds to strengthen the economic structure".

Ornstein wants to use this money to attract and retain businesses, to promote tourism and conventions, to support SMEs and in general to improve the business climate. She also wants to use money from the integration policy budget to strengthen the local economy. A motion to that effect will be put to the vote in December.

In the city's proposed budget for 2009, anti-poverty funds have already been cut by 12.7 million euro. The economic policy budget has been cut by 2.7 million euro and will face another 7.7 million euro cut in 2010. The city government says these cuts are largely a result of cuts in funds it receives from the national government.

COMMENT 2/11 - Do corporations give their profits to poor people? How can you print such complete crap, utter bull shit, without at least offering a comment or a rebuttal? There is no excuse. The Dutch government has cut everything but taxes and the number of public employees. It's in business for itself. There is the perfect target for funding corporations. help4mac


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