From tax cuts to pot plantations: new Dutch coalition plans

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – From tax cuts to lessons in Dutch national identity and an experiment with state-sanctioned cannabis plantations, a center-right, four-party coalition led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte has finalized its policy blueprint for the coming four years.

After tough austerity measures helped the Dutch economy rebound strongly from the financial crisis in recent years, one of the major aims of Rutte's new administration – his third – is cutting taxes for citizens and businesses.

Rutte said Tuesday that the Netherlands is thriving, "but too many people are not yet feeling it."

The 55-page document, published nearly seven months the general election, also sets out a range of social reforms agreed between Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, the Christian Democrats, the centrist and pro-European Union D66 party and the faith-based Christian Union.

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