Parliament is unlikely to approve higher wages for civil servants in the foreseeable future.
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A parliamentary committee seeking ways to solve the controversial salary scale issue has reduced the total funding from LL2.8 trillion ($1.9 billion) to LL1.8 trillion ($1.2 billion), and is still struggling to put final touches on proposed taxes, a lawmaker has told The Daily Star.According to the MP, the committee has accepted raising the value added tax from 10 to 11 percent and customs by one percent, adding that both increases should generate revenue of LL623 billion a year. Among the proposals studied by the committee was raising taxes on banks' profits from the current level of 15 percent to 17 percent.Ghrayeb also noted that the starting salary of a Lebanese University professor is LL3,500,000 ($2,200) while the starting salary of a public school teacher is only LL1,000,000 .
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