Taipei-Premier Lai Ching-te's (???) promise to give a 3 percent salary hike to public servants has been ensured, as lawmakers approved certain parts of the government's 2018 budget in an extraordinary session held Monday.
Lawmakers from across party lines unanimously agreed to approve the 3 percent salary hike bill for government employees from January 2018, a proposal initiated by Lai in September last year, shortly after he assumed office.
Ker Chien-ming (???), a whip of the legislative caucus of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, said the salary increase bill is among those budget proposals agreed upon by lawmakers, meaning that it has passed its second reading and is set to pass a third and final reading.
According to Ker, the 2018 government budget submitted by the Executive Yuan for legislative review constitutes revenue of NT$1.8974 trillion (US$65.09 billion), up by NT$56.3 billion, or 3.1 percent, from the 2017 level, and expenditure of NT$1.9918 trillion, up by NT$17.8 billion, or 0.9 percent, year-on-year.
Lawmakers have agreed to slash only NT$24.91 billion from the government's total budget, Ko noted.
Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics Minister Chu Tzer-ming (???) reported recently at the Legislative Yuan that the proposed salary hike will require funds of NT$18 billion, if subsidies for college employees, government-run hospitals and cities and counties that lack sufficient funds are included.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel