Review of Alberta MLA Compensation Released
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 7:23 AM
There could be changes coming to MLA salaries in Alberta. A 327 page independent review was released Wednesday and made eleven recommendations on MLA compensation including scrapping additional pay for committees and maintaining the tax free allowance on a third of MLA salaries. Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Scott Hennig says one thing the taxpayers federation is not happy about is the recommendation to keep one third of MLA salaries tax-free.
Premier Alison Redford ordered the independent review of MLA compensation after controversy from the so-called "no-meet" committee where MLA's were getting paid for being on a committee that never met.
One of the eleven proposals from the report says the Premier should get a $135,000 raise over three years. Redford has said she would not accept a raise because it's not what Albertans want and Hennig agrees. He says the Federation would recommend a $203,000 salary for the premier, which is $15,000 less than what she makes now.
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