The city of Rome will receive special funding of 170 million over the next two years to be spent on improvements to the public transport infrastructure and the restoration and construction of new public buildings. The figure falls a short of the 200 million a year, which the citys mayor, Walter Veltroni, and the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, agreed would be needed for Roma Capitale when they met to discuss the issue in 2001
In November the Northern League, which is part of the government coalition, expressed opposition to special funding for the capital. The extra money has been found by ministers belonging to Alleanza Nazionale, another party in the government coalition. and by the president of Lazios regional government, Francesco Storace, who is a member of AN. While Storace is claiming that the city should be satisfied with the funds, Romes mayor, says that it will be necessary to impose extra taxes on the citys inhabitants, and maybe a tax on tourists.