Clark calls for transparency in MLA pay and perks
Posted on June 02, 2015 by Meagan Parisian
Edmonton, AB - June 2, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is calling for transparency in MLA pay and has called for a review of MLA pay and perks. He pointed to the MLA temporary residence allowance as one area of MLA pay out of step with Albertans’ expectations.
“MLAs living more than 60 km from the Legislature receive a flat $1,930 living allowance no matter how much it actually costs them in rent,” said Clark. “This is one of several aspects of MLA pay that makes no sense. MLAs who are able to find cheaper accommodation get to keep the difference.
“The simple answer is to reimburse MLAs for the actual cost of their accommodation up to the cap.”
In Clark’s case, it would mean he receives more than $10,000 extra per year. He will donate amounts over and above his actual rental cost to Alberta charities once per quarter.
Clark called for a review of MLA pay and perks, including the living allowance.
“MLAs are well paid,” said Clark. “Rules like this are a sneaky way to increase MLA pay without Albertans knowing.
“When the Member Services Committee is set up I will be putting forth a motion regarding MLA pay, living allowance and travel expenses, and the way these expenses are reimbursed.”
Until that time, Clark will be donating his excess living allowance to charity.
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