LFMI news: October-December 2011

The last quarter of the year 2011 was crowned with budget-related tax debates when Lithuanian people were forced to undergo a dismal déjà vu feeling. Two years ago Lithuania saw the notorious “night tax reform”, and a similar scenario was developing in December when the authorities – desperate to find money for fully restoring pensions to the pre-crisis level – started to propose tax increases or entirely new taxes. LFMI took a significant part in these discussions, actively campaigning against new taxes via Facebook, LFMI’s blog and mass media.

In November LFMI presented its new product – the first Index of Municipalities in Lithuania which was compiled based on a unique methodology. Using 55 indicators, the Index measures the performance of municipalities and is the first index on municipalities, providing such comprehensive analysis. We believe that this study will help people to understand how important municipalities’ activity is in our everyday life, alerting people to municipality-adopted decisions that change the conditions of life and work.

Please, note that the Lithuanian Free Market Institute has moved to new premises – our new address is Šeimyniškių g. 3A, Vilnius.