Palma.—Regional President José Ramón Bauzá said yesterday that his government is putting the finishing touches to a plan to shave 280 million euros worth off public spending programmes in order to meet targets to cut the regional deficit.

Bauzá said that when he judged the moment to be right, he would appear before Parliament to explain why each of the austerity measures which contribute to the massive saving is being taken.

The President's statement came in response to accusations from the Balearic Socialist party leader, Francina Armengol at a Parliamentary meeting yesterday. She said that there would be no hiding for the ruling Partido Popular from their mismanagement of public affairs. Armengol, in a series of detailed questions thrown to the regional president about his as yet unannounced financial strategy, said that the public should be told if some new form of hidden health tax is to be imposed. “Society at large has the right to know what the government is holding in the pipeline,” she said. Bauzá retorted that the Socialists were in no position to criticise as they “had never been able to account properly for all the public money which they had spent.” The President claimed that Balearic society was still, today, living with the consequences of the former Socialist government's lavish public spending programme.

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