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Open thread: What is the one thing you want to see in today's Budget?

Tax cuts? More medical cards?

WE’VE BEEN TOLD it will be a ‘giveaway’ Budget from Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin today – something that would have been unthinkable five years ago.

But what will the carrot they dangle before us ahead of next year’s election be?

Reductions in USC? Lob some money off the €1 wine tax? Greater use of medical cards? The return of the Christmas bonus?

Through Ignite Research’s People’s Budget, we asked our readers what adjustments they would make if they had the power bestowed on Noonan and Howlin. With an extra €1.5 billion to play with, the options are to increase public spending to improve services or to put money back into our pockets with cuts to tax.

Of the 5,472 respondents, the vast majority wanted the most significant cuts to income tax and the greatest extra spend in healthcare.

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Click here for the interactive chart.

Do you agree? What is the one thing you think the government should do today? Tell us in the comments section. 

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