Latvia Government Backs 2011 Budget With 5.5% Deficit, Leta Says

The Latvian government approved a 2011 budget plan that includes tax increases and expenditure cuts and plans to submit it to parliament tomorrow, the Leta newswire reported.

Total revenue is planned at 5.1 billion lati ($9.6 billion), with spending at 5.7 billion lati, the Riga-based newswire reported, putting the deficit at 5.5 percent of gross domestic product, Leta reported, citing Finance Minister Andris Vilks. The budget may undergo changes in parliament, the newswire said.

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