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Haiti prime minister announces 2 percent sin tax to pay for improvements in education system

Haiti's government wants to raise $100 million for a special education fund with an additional tax on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling.

The sin tax would require approval from Parliament. The revenue would help build 200 schools, refurbish 2,000 more and train and boost pay for thousands of teachers from primary schools to universities

The proceeds would go into a government fund that already has gotten almost $34 million with taxes on international phone calls and money transfers.

Haiti has about 4.5 million school-age children. Only about half were attending school before the 2010 earthquake destroyed thousands of classrooms.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced the sin tax plan Monday at a meeting with the editorial board of The Miami Herald.

Lamothe adviser Salim Succar confirmed the statement Monday night.