Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sask MLA Pay Hike

Saskatchewan MLAs are getting a 3.3 percent pay hike, in accordance with provincial inflation. The video above shows that many people think they're paid too much already.

The worst irony is that province's tax brackets, however, are increasing 2.5 percent instead because they are increased by the NATIONAL rate of inflation, not the province's.

Something is wrong here. Either the MLAs should limit their pay hike to 2.5 percent (something that would lower their pay by $676, and more than $1000 for cabinet ministers), or, preferably, taxpayers should get tax brackets raised by 3.3 percent. This move would increase the basic exemption by $103 and the threshold for the highest tax bracket by $894. This point got some editorial coverage as well.

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