Christ­mas comes early for MHAs

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page -

In a unan­i­mous vote in the house of as­sem­bly, MHAs voted to give them­selves a 7 per­cent pay in­crease over the next three years. The raise is retroac­tive to April of this year, mean­ing that MHA’s will re­ceive a healthy Christ­mas bonus of 2 per­cent of their salary for the last eight months.

For those mak­ing the ba­sic salary of just over $38,000 per year, as well as a $19,000 tax free al­lowance (to which the raise also ap­plies) this back pay would be just over $700.

The rea­son for the retroac­tive in­crease has to do with the bud­get. In the last bud­get, MHA’s re­ceived a pay in­crease along with other pub­lic ser­vants. How­ever, all salary in­creases for MHA’s have to be passed in the house. Mem­bers are only now get­ting around to ap­prov­ing the raise.

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