A government-mandated report has confirmed what many Italians long suspected: The 11,000 euros ($14,300) that Italian lawmakers earn each month outpaces their European colleagues, and Italy has many public agencies and councils that simply don't exist in other countries.
Italy's bloated public sector and the privileges of its political elite have come under fire as the country battles its debt crisis with tax hikes, labor market reforms and pension reforms. Many ordinary Italians have been hurt by the changes.
Premier Mario Monti has vowed to trim the cost of governing as part of his austerity measures, and renouncing his own salary as premier and economy minister to start. The report published Tuesday aims to provide "food for thought" to make further cuts.
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