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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The battle has been raging, or so they say, over the amount of the “minimum” salary, meaning that government established number of currency units that is required for a family of 4 to live on. Last year it was R$510 but just before Lula left office he decreed it would be R$545 this year, an increase of about 7 percent.

José Serra and other Paulistas said it should be R$600, one . . .

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