Local MLA’s expenses lowest of Kootenay representatives

Provincial government MLA compensation and renumeration reports for the financial year April 2013 to March 2014 were recently released.

Provincial government MLA compensation and renumeration reports for the financial year April 2013 to March 2014 were recently released.

Local Columbia River-Revelstoke opposition MLA Norm Macdonald’s salary and travel expenses were the lowest of any of the four MLAs from the Kootenay region. Mr. Macdonald makes the basic MLA salary of $101,859 and last year had travel expenses (which include a capital city allowance, an in-constituency allowance, a general travel allowance and an accompanying-person travel allowance) totaling $55,137.

Neighbouring Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall (also an opposition MLA) had the same salary and had travel expenses totaling  $64,988. Kootenay West opposition MLA Katherine Conroy made the basic salary and had $55,995 in travel expenses. Mr. Macdonald has noticeably lower general travel expenses ($17,973) than either Ms. Conroy ($28,434) or Ms. Mungall ($28,946), while Ms. Conroy has the lowest accompanying-person travel expenses of the three Kootenay opposition MLAs ($3,842 for Ms. Conroy, $9,917 for Mr. Macdonald and $11,979 for Ms. Mungall).

Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett’s salary is, as a cabinet minister (Minister of Mines and Energy, Minister of Core Review), much higher with an executive salary of $40,743 tacked onto the base salary for a total salary of $142,603. As a cabinet minister, Mr. Bennett’s travel expense is also significantly higher, totaling $93,415. Of that, $8,185 is a ministerial out-of-province/out-of-country travel allowance, while $57,953 is general travel expenses.

 

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