Some people were delighted that it was not a populist budget speech, especially since it is just months away from the elections.

Others thought it lacked content, that it did not outline policy, that it was a pandering budget without teeth.

For me? My concerns are very personal. You see, I am trying to let an apartment that I own. Every month that it stands empty, I grow a little poorer.

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