Published September 5, 2012 | 3:13 pm
Winnipeg: Manitoba’s MLAs will be getting a pay increase starting in 2014, their first raise in five years.
A report by Michael Werier, an independent commissioner tasked with reviewing MLA pay and benefits, recommends setting their annual pay at $89,500, which is up by 4.6 per cent. The premier and cabinet members will also receive additional pay of $75,000 and $49,000, respectively, marking the first pay raises for those positions as well.
Werier said the pay of Manitoba’s 57 MLAs should be set at $89,500, an increase of 4.6 per cent, effective April 1, 2014.
Werier’s decisions are binding on the legislative assembly and MLAs. Werier said he looked at pay rates of MLAs in other provinces, comparisons to civil servants, the economic health of the province and relationships to pay rates in the public and private sectors in Manitoba.