Saskatchewan’s MLAs won’t be taking a pay rise next year.
It is in response to the $1 billion deficit unveiled this week and the public sector hiring freeze.
“We are going to be proposing to the Board of Internal Economy that MLAs’ salaries be frozen next year,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison confirmed.
The zero per cent position is something the NDP agrees with.
“Certainly we are in support of holding the line on MLA wages next year,” NDP MLA Warren McCall said.
The same position was taken back in 2015 when oil prices began to drop.
The current rules state MLA salaries go up every April at the rate of inflation.
On April 1, 2016, the wages increased 1.6 per cent.
It isn’t yet clear whether the MLAs will pay that back retroactively.
The base salary for an MLA is $96, 183.
A MLA can earn more depending on their position.