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 State budget-2017 ready for second reading, sent to parliament, - Hroisman

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman says he understands "how difficult it is for people to live today" and promises to build a high-quality mechanism of social compensation.

He announced it in his traditional weekly address on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

Speaking of the plans for the coming week, Hroisman said the 2017 state budget had been prepared for the second reading and sent to Parliament.

"It will be worked out in parliamentary committees and I would want us to adopt the budget within the legally defined period and enter 2017 with a sense of security," he noted.

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The prime minister offered reassurance that the budget is absolutely balanced and realistic.

"Starting from Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage will be 3,200 hryvnia ($122). For the first time in 25 years, we have been able to harmonize the minimum wage with the real subsistence basket that was calculated in early February," he stated.

"I would also like to say that I understand how difficult it is for people to live today. We can create a high-quality mechanism of social compensation. One of such mechanisms is subsidies that allow families with low incomes to receive personal discount on not only gas or heating but a full range of utilities," Hroisman said.

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"I am deeply convinced that we are gradually recovering from a deep crisis, and the ideology of our government is that we'll use the economic growth to improve the actual living standards of our citizens," the prime minister summed up.
   
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