Christmas comes early for MHAs
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.