Battle of the Century
"Veneto offers itself as a laboratory of autonomy," said Veneto President Luca Zaia. The two regions can "unify our forces so we can do the battle of the century," said Lombardy president, Roberto Maroni.
Both regions seek more tax revenue and more autonomy over such policy in areas including immigration, security, education and the environment. Those steps would require changes to the constitution.
Secessionism Italian Style
The article notes Lombardy sends $81.4 billion more in taxes to Rome than it gets back in public spending. Veneto's net contribution is $23.4 billion.
Lombardy, which includes Milan and Veneto, which houses Venice, are home to about a quarter of Italy's population and account for 30 per cent of its overall economic output.
"Our taxes should be spent here, not in Sicily," Giuseppe Colonna, an 84-year-old Venetian, said.
Step in Right Direction
Referendums in Spain and Italy are also just the beginning a wave that will eventually spread to other parts of Europe. They are also step in the right direction on a path to self-determination.
Now, if we can just get rid of California.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock