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Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper 


Senator Cooper Wants Lawmakers Pay Cut To US$3,333 Monthly

By Joseph Toe

MONROVIA, June 15 (LINA) - Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper wants the monthly salaries of all 103 members of the National Legislature reduced to US$3,333 each, saving about US$9.9 million to create jobs for 2,270 Liberians.

According to Cooper, the monthly salaries of members of the National Legislature are between US$14,000 to US$16,000 monthly.

He noted that the amount more money could also be saved when the salaries of those working in the Executive Branch are reduced with the accruing benefits for the hiring of more teachers, doctors, nurses and police and the economic growth of the country.

Appearing on a radio talk show Thursday, Cooper said the reduction should be considered during the on-going 2017/2018 fiscal year budget hearing currently before the Ways, Means and Finance Committee of the House of Representatives.

He pointed out that the salaries are too much to earn “in a poor country” whose gross domestic product (GDP) stands at US$1.24 billion “with a small revenue” of US$500 million to US$600 million “when most of it is sponsored by donor countries.”

“The economy is hurting and our people are suffering because there are no jobs,” he said, adding it is time that the government picks up from there by reducing the salaries of those who call themselves lawmakers and create jobs for our people.”

Cooper made it clear, admitting that “we the legislators are not doing our job,” falling short to elaborate.

However, he advised the Liberian people to take advantage of the ensuing 2017 presidential and legislative elections “to vote them out.”

“I want the Liberian people to pay back on members of the House of Representatives by voting them out in 2017 and do the same to members of the House of Senate in 2020,” he stated.


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