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Budget Decentralization: Life or Death for Ukrainian Cities and Towns

For two years, Ukrainian regions have received and spent funds under a new arrangement that emerged after the budget decentralization reform. VoxUkraine has found out which cities and towns have won and will continue to benefit from the reform, and which have fared not so well. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Ukraine May Still Benefit from America’s Great Gamble

Last week, the American people took the greatest gamble in the history of the modern world. The American people elected real estate developer, casino mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America. President-elect Trump has never held political office or worked as a public servant. His career has been built upon business risk with many great victories and many costly failures. And over 60M Americans are betting Mr. Trump can ‘Make America Great Again.’

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iMoRe #47. Reforms in Ukraine Are Put on Hold Again

The index for monitoring reforms (iMoRe) returned to a very low level. Progress assessment for October 24 – November 9 is only +0.6 points out of +5 points maximum. Progress was observed only in Ukraine’s monetary sphere and business environment.

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VoxCheck of Valeriya Hontareva. Where is the Head of the Ukrainian Central Bank Wrong?

Valeriya Hontareva, the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine, has replied to the criticism by MP Serhiy Taruta who accused her in contributing to the collapse of the national currency, the economic decline, and the bankruptcy of numerous banks. According to the VoxCheck analysis, Hontareva speaks the truth in 8 of 14 cases, while the rest of her theses include exaggeration, manipulation and one falsehood. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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The Minimum Wage: The Past of the Noble Idea and its Uncertain Present

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman surprised everyone with an initiative to double the minimum wage – up to 3200 UAH – in 2017. It is quite difficult to assess this decision because the minimum wage in Ukraine influences numerous indicators and sectors of the economy. It would be irresponsible to make any conclusions without detailed calculations. The views of modern economists on the idea of minimum wage range from enthusiastic approval to sharp criticism. VoxUkraine has studied the history of the concept of the minimum wage.

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MPs’ Salaries in Ukraine: Would Paying Politicians More Lead to Better Performance?

The recently published e-declarations of Ukrainian top politicians and civil servants have revealed the glaring gap between their official and real earnings. In this light, the decision to block the raise of the MP remuneration in Ukraine might seem justified. However, this country needs qualified and public-spirited individuals to enter the political arena and displace inefficient and corrupt politicians. Ensuring decent salaries for MPs and other politicians could be a step in the right direction.

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VoxCheck of the Year. How Much Truth There Is in Serhiy Taruta’s Pamphlet about the Head of Ukraine’s Central Bank

The brochure by the Ukrainian MP Serhiy Taruta “Hontareva. A Threat to the Economic Security of Ukraine” has split politicians and experts into two opposing camps, those who support Taruta and those who support Valeriya Hontareva, the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine. VoxCheck has checked most of the facts from the brochure and has discovered that the data, though mostly correct, are manipulated in almost all occasions. The next VoxCheck edition will focus on checking the arguments made by the opponents of Taruta, Valeriya Hontareva and her deputies.