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Brazil president approves raise for Supreme Court justices

November 27, 2018

FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber smiles during a hearing, in Brasilia, Brazil. Supreme Court justices in Brazil are getting a big pay raise that will trigger an increase of about $1 billion in public spending. The bill approved Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, by President Michel Temer comes as the lame-duck administration argues for significant belt-tightening measures to help Brazil recover from a recession. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supreme Court justices in Brazil are getting a big pay raise that will trigger an increase in public spending.

The bill approved Monday by President Michel Temer comes as the lame-duck administration argues for significant belt-tightening measures to help Brazil recover from a recession.

The 11 justices will now make around $10,101 a month instead of $8,659, a 16 percent increase. That raise will trigger a domino effect as several public sector wages are linked to the top court’s threshold.

The raise is part of a deal between Temer and Brazil’s Chief Justice Jose Dias Toffoli which would require judges and others to forgo a monthly housing allowance of $1,123.

Planning Minister Esteves Colnago told reporters Tuesday that initial estimates found that once the housing allowance was subtracted, the raise would cost about $411 million in annual spending.

The increase will put more pressure on the incoming administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. Throughout the campaign, Bolsonaro promised to cut spending in the face of large deficits.

Bolsonaro opposed the pay raise.

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