MP Roy Marlin stands alone with initiative to cut salaries

POSTED: 01/17/14 12:43 PM

St. Maarten – Democratic Party faction leader withdrew his motion that would have cut the annual salaries of parliamentarians by 12 percent, because it did not get support from any other Member of Parliament. “The motion carries only one signature,” Marlin said. “Mine.”

None of the other fourteen parliamentarians felt the urge to support the motion. The topic of salary cuts came up during the budget debate after it appeared from the draft 2014 budget that all seven ministers had taken a 30,000 guilders salary cut.

National Alliance MP Louie Laveist labeled the step by the ministers a gimmick and emphasized once more that he had in particular a problem with how the Council of Ministers had slipped its salary cuts into the budget. His faction leader William Marlin wondered about the legislation necessary to implement such a measure, while others wondered where the money would go.

UP-MP Johan Leonard said that the measure would mean he would have to give up a 1,000 guilders monthly support to a children’s home. He said he would not support the motion. It appeared that he was not alone: other parliamentarians simply kept silent about a possible salary cut and in the end, Marlin saw no other option than to withdraw the motion.

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