Nova Sco­tia moves to ex­tend MLA pay freeze

The News (New Glasgow) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — A pay freeze for mem­bers of the Nova Sco­tia leg­is­la­ture would be ex­tended un­der the Fi­nan­cial Mea­sures Act, tabled Wed­nes­day by the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

The MLA pay freeze was im­ple­mented in 2015 and was to run un­til the end of this year, but the change now en­sures no pay in­crease un­til a sched­uled re­view after the next gen­eral elec­tion. Fi­nance Min­is­ter Karen Casey says the freeze is ap­pro­pri­ate given the gov­ern­ment has asked Nova Sco­tians to make sac­ri­fices as it deals with a tight fis­cal sit­u­a­tion. Casey says there are cur­rently no plans to look at MLA pen­sions as part of re­straint. The act also en­shrines tax mea­sures in the bud­get, in­clud­ing an in­crease in the ba­sic per­sonal ex­emp­tion that will re­sult in the elim­i­na­tion of the pro­vin­cial por­tion of in­come tax for 60,000 lower in­come Nova Sco­tians and a small busi­ness tax break. The leg­is­la­tion is in­tro­duced each year and gives the gov­ern­ment leg­isla­tive author­ity to im­ple­ment mea­sures in the pro­vin­cial bud­get.

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