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100 billion for local governments
September 4, 2018   
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Poland’s governing party Law and Justice (PiS) is plotting unspecified billions in new government spending for a five-part program to support local governments, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a party congress to kick off the party’s local government election campaign.
"Five points on which the government of Law and Justice will spend the largest sum that central government has ever allocated for supporting local governments," Morawiecki said.
Spending sums, unspecified for a number of points, will nonetheless run well above PLN 100 billion over ten years.
A program to insulate homes and ease other utility or communal services to cut down heating and other home bills will cost PLN 100 billion over 10 years, the party said in a tweet of the PM’s lead-off proposal.
A program for neighborhoods, focused on housing and services for seniors, will see PLN 500 million in spending on neighborhood infrastructure for active lifestyles and double current spending levels for senior housing and lifestyle, Morawiecki said.
A program “Modern Municipality” will offer unspecified “billions” for remodeling public spaces, with an apparent focus on small towns.
The government will spend PLN 4 billion over 3 to 4 years to provide 100 MB Internet connections "to all 20,000 schools and all municipalities," Morawiecki said.
The government will also put PLN 300 million in government subsidies to extend a program of ‘citizen budgets’ from their current application in larger cities to smaller towns.
Poland heads to the polls October 21 to fill the full slate of some 38,600k posts at three levels of local and regional government.
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