The provincial government has released its expenses for the 2010/11 fiscal year that includes MLAs remuneration, travel and living allowances while in Victoria.
According to the report, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett receives a salary of $101,859, $14,041 for capital living expenses and $23,554 for travel, in addition to an allowance of $15,279 for her work as parliamentary secretary.
Barnett says she keeps her travel down as much as she can and still does her job.
Like all MLAs, she is compensated for travel within her riding but in a category other than “travel.”
Most of Barnett’s travel is to the legislature in Victoria and to beetle coalition meetings in Prince George and Kamloops.
This year, she’s a member of the government’s rural caucus and is also compensated for travel related to that post.
Robyn Chambers is a Williams Lake Tribune reporter.