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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

offset your government's fiscal responsibility.

September 2009: Education Minister and Edmonton-Whitemud PC MLA Dave Hancock announced more than $80 million worth of immediate cuts to the education budget, including $890,000 from changes to a socio-economic grant that school boards get for the number of students they have who live in poverty.

Meanwhile... back in May 2008: In a closed-door cabinet meeting, Ed Stelmach and his cabinet voted to give themselves over $890,000 worth of pay increases. Premier Stelmach gave himself a 34% boost, increasing his salary by $54,000, from $159,450 to $213,450, and cabinet ministers increased their salaries from $142,050 to $184,000.

If Premier Stelmach and Minister Hancock are looking for government savings, they could start by looking at the pay increases they voted themselves in 2008. According to the 2006 census, the median annual family income after taxes was $70,986 in Alberta, which is $113,014 less than the increased salary that individual cabinet ministers voted themselves.

When Premier Stelmach rolled back the liquor tax, he said:

"It was something that I had a hard time agreeing with; it's been bothering me all that time."
Let's hope that after five months, he feels the same way about young students living in poverty. In the meantime, feel free to make a donation to a local charity to offset your government's fiscal responsibility.


midge said...

Hear! Hear!
Those raises and the way they were implemented is obscene!!

This is just one of the actions from this bunch of so-called public servants that we had better not forget next election.

Anonymous said...

I donate to charity but the last one I'll donate to is "starving students". Post-secondary education isn't some sort of "right" like the Canadian Federation of Students say.

Kyle said...

Anonymous: These students are in elementary, junior high, and high school. These are children.

Anonymous said...

Fat cats in Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

Great post. Too true.