The government has approved a draft state budget for 2017 with a deficit of 60 billion crowns. The decision was tweeted by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Wednesday. The draft is counting on wage increases for teachers and healthcare workers as well as increases in old age pensions. The state is also counting on an increase in revenues from health insurers. Among those seeing wage rises are other public sector employees, firefighters, the police, and in all likelihood, soldiers.
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