Akunis: PM to appoint c'tee to examine indirect tax burden

July 30, 2011 16:40


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was expected to put together a team to examine the burden of indirect taxes on the public in the coming days, Army Radio reported on Saturday. The expected move comes ahead of nationwide protests scheduled to take place Saturday night, the second mass protest in as many weeks.

Speaking with Army Radio Saturday, Netanyahu confidant Likud MK Ophir Akunis said that "the government is attentive to public sentiment and is working to ease the [financial] burden on the public."

Akunis added that the government would also like to find a way to improve conditions for working mothers. On Wednesday, thousands of mothers staged a "stroller protest" in Tel Aviv over the cost of raising children in Israel, which prompted a legislative proposal by MK Dalia Itzik to provide free daycare for children under the age of five, as well as a proposal to provide discounts on public transportation for mothers traveling with children in strollers.

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