Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Gift for Saskatchewan Taxpayers

A gold-plated health plan for Saskatchewan MLAs has been scrapped. MLAs over the age of 50 with 10 years of service would have had to pay nothing for up to $1700 in annual health expenses. The changes, approved by the legislature's Board of Internal Economy in 2004 and finalized in December of last year, would have come into effect January 1, 2008.

"Call it a parting gift for David Karwacki," wrote James Wood of the Star-Phoenix. The outgoing Saskatchewan Liberal leader both publicized and blasted the plan, especially at the provincial election debate. A day after Karwacki resigned as leader, the board announced the deal would be scrapped and MLAs would be eligible for the same health plan as other legislative assembly employees. Wood also tells us "Board members have promised to be more open about changes to benefits in the future."

This only proves 'common sense' and transparency in government don't come without a fight. Thankfully, Karwacki was willing to take up the cause on this front.

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