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bers of the legislature confirming details of extra payments made to constituency staff.
Parker said that, as far as he knew, no income tax had been paid on any of the money and that employees of provincial politicians who may owe taxes after receiving extra payments will be issued a T4 slip.
In a report earlier this month, auditor general Jacques Lapointe raised concerns about taxes potentially owed by constituency staff for extra payments they received between 2006 and 2009.
Lapointe found that 30 members made extra payments totalling almost $186,000 over that three-year period to their staff.
He also found that 44 members paid more than $410,000 to 157 staff who were not paid through the Speaker's Office.
Corbett said Thursday his payments mostly went to staff who would have filled in when his constituency assistant was on vacation or sick leave, as well as to workers who cleaned the office and did garbage pickup.
He said MLAs were following the system that the Speaker’s Office had in place at the time and that he considered the workers who received the extra payments to be like independent contractors responsible for taking care of their own deductions.
In total, members of the NDP caucus spent roughly $198,000 on staff and a variety of services and expenses, including office cleaning, snow removal, garbage disposal and severance payments.
Gosse said the extra payment to his constituency assistant was for overtime and the payments to workers other than the assistant were typically made to workers who covered for the assistant for vacations or to a snow-clearing contractor. He though some of the workers may have already paid deductions or as contractors may not have made enough regular income to pay them.
Michael Kydd, a spokesman for interim Tory leader Karen Casey, said the party will hold off on releasing information about the payments made by current Cape Breton MLAs until it has gathered all the facts and figures.
Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said Thursday the party’s caucus made total payments of $114,800 to constituency assistants that may have topped up salaries, for example, and $73,675 to other staff that typically may have gone to summer students or workers covering vacations for assistants.
Individual Liberal MLAs were releasing the details of their payments Thursday.
The McNeil said the additional $4,000 he paid to his constituency assistant was for work she did and expenses she incurred doing work above and beyond her day job while the $3,339 he paid to two other employees went to summer students.