Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, left, and MP Ibrahim Kanaan attend the committee meeting to discuss salary scale at the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, April 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Saturday called for a legislative session this week to debate and vote on the controversial public sector wage hike bill.In previous committee sessions, MPs approved several means to finance the proposal, estimated to cost the treasury $1.6 billion annually, including raising the 5 percent tax on deposit interest revenue to 7 percent and fines for property violations.The proposed taxes prompted local banks to collectively observe a one day strike in protest of the draft bill, saying alternative means to finance the wage hike should be considered.
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