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Taiwan Quick Take: Double Ten budget halved

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

The legislature's Home and Nations Committee yesterday agreed to halve next year's budget for Double Ten National Day ceremony expenses, from NT$50 million (US$ 1.56 million) to NT$25 million. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Tsang-min (林滄敏) proposed canceling the ceremony's budget for next year altogether, citing a suggestion by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) that the ceremony be scrapped. However, Lin's proposal was opposed by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Jao Yung-ching (趙永清), as well as lawmakers within Lin's own party, who said that the budget should be slashed but not completely scrapped. In the end, a bi-partisan compromise was reached whereby the budget would be cut by 50 percent.

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