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Liberman puts off state budget talks, rejecting ‘populist’ minimum wage hike

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

After the Knesset advanced bills to significantly raise the minimum wage, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman says he’s stopping all discussions on the 2023 state budget, vowing that the budget will not include such “populist” measures.

Liberman tells Channel 12 news: “Raising the minimum wage is pure populism. Everyone needs to be responsible for their actions. We will act in accordance with economic common sense.

“Right now we are putting off the budget discussions and putting things back in order. The budget I pass will be professional, without populism.”

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