File - President of the Chamber of Commerce Mohammad Choucair speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Business leaders Thursday strongly rejected any new taxes to fund the proposed wage hike for government employees, describing the salary scale in its present form as a bullet in the heart of the economy.If you look at most countries, the salaries of government employees do not exceed 15 to 20 percent of total state revenues," Choucair argued.He added that Greece, Spain and other countries had adopted tough austerity measures and even reduced the wages of the public employees to tackle the recession and high budget deficits.Choucair insisted that not all of the teachers and government employees deserve a pay raise:Choucair and the Economic Committees' members doubt that the government will be able to raise the targeted tax revenues.The group repeated that the best way to fund the salary scale was to cut waste in government departments.
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