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Daily Israel Report

‘Social Justice’? Ministers Receive Pay Hike to $11,000 a Month

Part of the new “social justice” economic measures include a 2 percent raise for ministers, who now receive a monthly check of $11,000.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/2/2012, 2:49 PM

Social justice tent protest
Social justice tent protest
Flash 90

Part of the new “social justice” economic measures include a 2 percent raise for ministers, who now receive a monthly check of $11,000, or $121,000 a year, plus “perks” that amount to tens of thousands of dollars.

The Prime Minister’s salary also was hiked by the same amount, and he now receives slightly more than $12,000 a month, or $144,000 a year. By comparison, President Barack Obama  receives $400,000 annually, plus expenses.

As for the common public, the new economic measures include a rise of three percent in the property tax (arnona).

As of Sunday, gasoline prices rose by nearly two percent, but income tax rates fell for many middle class wage earners,.

Food prices, which were the target of the social justice protests this past summer, have risen by as much as 50 and even 100 percent since the Jewish holidays last fall, according to Globes. One supermarket chain official blamed manufacturers for the price increases.