West Germany's parliament has approved a tax reform package that will cut income taxes by about $11 billion beginning in 1990.

The Bundestag passed the legislation Thursday by a 256-209 vote.Independent West German economists welcomed the tax reform package but have argued that it should take effect earlier than 1990 to stimulate the country's sluggish economic growth.

Economists have also pointed out that the legislation's effects would be partially offset by an increase in consumer tax revenues of about $4 billion next year.

The tax reform package goes before the Bundesrat (Upper House) on July 8.

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