MLAs face wage freeze under proposed legislation
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MLAs face wage freeze under proposed legislation

Nova Scotia Finance Minister Diana Whalen announces a proposed 3-year wage freeze for MLAs on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

HALIFAX – The salaries of Nova Scotia politicians would be frozen for three years under legislation introduced today by the provincial government.

Finance Minister Diana Whalen says the wage freeze would also extend to about 1,800 non-unionized employees including senior managers, secretaries and political staff.

Whalen says the government expects to save $2.5 million a year with that measure.

She says the amendments to the House of Assembly Act would also eliminate transitional pay to legislature members who are eligible for full pensions.

Under the current formula, the maximum payout in transitional pay is $89,000.

The changes come ahead of what’s expected to be an austerity budget to be released Thursday.

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Stray cat

You know its going to be rough on the rest of us on budget day, when our political leaders are willing to not take their yearly raise in salary. But then again, she never said anything about the other perks that the taxpayer covers like newspapers and club memberships etcetera, etcetera that a great many of us have had to cut from our budgets.

April 07, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Yeah well like I said, don’t dare come to the tax payers for more money when you piss the money we gave to you, that we don’t have, up a friggin’ tree. Bluenose 20 million and counting, Yarmouth Ferry 40 million and counting. They have some berries to ask us for more money.

April 07, 2015 at 6:02 pm