The Liberals and NDP issued a joint news release that said both sides have agreed to bring their wages more in line with other provinces.
The new $86,580 salary, which will automatically be reviewed every year, amounts to 60 per cent of the $144,300 a year that MPs are paid.
B.C. MLAs are currently paid $75,400 annually. The pay raise takes effect on April 1, 2006. The new pension will see MLAs contribute 9 per cent of their salary to the plan.
Mr. Campbell's base salary rises to $146,320 a year from $119,500. Ms. James will now make $131,329 a year, up from $114,400.
It's "absolutely disgusting," said Sara MacIntyre, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
"We're going to be looking at a government in a very difficult position to not be handing over the same types of massive increases to public-sector unions, who are going to be lining up in droves next year wanting pay raises similar to what MLAs voted for themselves."
Friday, November 18, 2005
Posted by David MacLean at 11:56 AM
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