(Swedish) Left Party caps MP pay with new 'party tax'

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Jacob Richter
(Swedish) Left Party caps MP pay with new 'party tax'

 

[url]http://www.thelocal.se/38392/20120109/[/url]

 

Sweden's Left Party decided on Sunday to implement a mandatory “party tax” that would cap take-home pay of the party's elected officials at 27,500 kronor ($3,950) per month, requiring them to donate the remainder to the party.

The Left Party has long felt that politicians' salaries are too high and has previously had a system whereby elected officials could pay a voluntary fee of 5,000 kronor to the party coffers.

But on the final day of the party's congress on Sunday, Left Party members voted to make the fee mandatory while at the same time nearly doubling its size to around 10,000 kronor.

“Members of the Riksdag will have to donate any amount over 27,500 kronor after tax. We're talking about pre-tax incomes of about 40,000 kronor,” Left Party spokesperson Kristoffer Housset told the Dagens Nyhter (DN) newspaper.

Now any Left Party member who runs for elected office will be required to sign a contract with the party pledging to abide by the new rules.

The party also plans to make public the list of party members who have paid their fees.

According to Housset, the new system will make it harder for Left Party politicians to get re-elected if they don't abide by the rules.

The motion passed with a clear majority, with 129 members voting in favour, while 84 voted against the tougher rules.

According to Left Party estimates, fees taken from the salaries of Riksdag members alone are expected to add about 2 million kronor to party coffers.

 

lil.Tommy

The ONDP did/does something similar, albeit its not a party tax. After the Liberals raised the MPP pay by 30% or so depending... many NDP MPPs donated the increase to local charitites.

 from Cheri's Bio on the NDP page... "Cheri donates her pay raise to a variety of charities every year..."

 Does anyone know if all NDP MPPs still or have ever done this? I think this needs to be emphasised again, espcially since the party is pushing hard on CEO pay caps. It would be a fanatastic visual i think.

Jacob Richter

Indeed, though I think the funds are better spent within the political organization.

A_J

I believe this would quickly run afoul of the contribution limit here in Canada (which is $1,200 in 2012).

 

Some quick math shows that if they expect to raise 2 million kronor from 19 members in parliament, at an exchange rate of roughly 7 kronor to the dollar, then they're collecting about $15,000 from each member.

Fidel

A_J wrote:

I believe this would quickly run afoul of the contribution limit here in Canada (which is $1,200 in 2012).

We could simply do as the conservatives and Liberals do, which is to write a whole lot of smaller cheques for $1200 from Bay Street donors. The loopholes are big enough to drive fleets of Brinks trucks through. Old line party bagmen are still in business. The rules are working against union donations, though. They watch the union money like hawks on field mice.

A_J

Fidel wrote:

A_J wrote:

I believe this would quickly run afoul of the contribution limit here in Canada (which is $1,200 in 2012).

We could simply do as the conservatives and Liberals do, which is to write a whole lot of smaller cheques for $1200 from Bay Street donors. The loopholes are big enough to drive fleets of Brinks trucks through. Old line party bagmen are still in business. The rules are working against union donations, though. They watch the union money like hawks on field mice.

If by "Bay Street donors" you mean businesses, those would have to be $0 cheques under the election financing rules.