The Prairie Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is supporting Premier Brad Wall’s announcement to make a 3-point-5 per cent wage cut for himself, Ministers and MLAs.
Todd MacKay says it’s never fun to have a dip in income, but the province needs to look at the reality of a 1-point-2 billion dollar.
MacKay says most of the province’s money goes to salaries and benefits, so “if we’re going to be serious about restoring the province’s financial health and get back to balanced budgets, we have to address the big part of the bill, and that’s salaries and benefits.”
MacKay says the province has let runaway deficits go unchecked before, which has hurt in the long term, so it’s much better to take action than procrastinate.
Premier Wall also announced that political staff will be required to take nine unpaid days off. Wall expects unions representing public workers will also take a 3-point-5 per cent wage cut after negotiations.
The provincial budget will be delivered on March 22nd.