The Remuneration Authority has recommended a small increase in pay for MPs and that has resulted in the usual carping:
While Christmas is still grim financially for many New Zealanders, politicians – who earn nearly three times the average wage – are about to pocket even more. . .
Good MPs are worth far more than they get.
I have some idea of the challenges my MP Jacqui Dean faces servicing an electorate which covers an area of 34,888 square kilometres as well as chairing a select committee and she more than earns her salary.
Others are overpaid for the little they appear to do but the system doesn’t differentiate for performance, or lack of it.
It’s no use criticising the MPs for the pay increase, the Remuneration Authority is an independent body.
But I would support the change in the system suggested by Kiwiblog :
. . . The easy way to solve this, is what I have long advocated – set the salary and associated terms around three months before each election, for the next term of Parliament.
So MPs would get elected to Parliament for a term, on a known salary which remains constant during that term. . .
That’s simple and fair.
It has the added advantage of incentivising MPs to keep inflation low so they don’t lose the real value of the salaries.