ARIMA MP Pennelope Beckles’ income from Parliament will be slashed from $50,000 to roughly $20,000 per month when the former Public Utilities and Environment Minister assumes the new duty of deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives next Monday.
This is revealed in the Salaries Review Commission (SRC) 80th Report posted on the parliamentary website. Beckles will earn a basic salary of $14,700 and a transport allowance of $3,450 to $3,550, with the chance of an extra $2,000 per month for chairing a parliamentary joint select committee (JSC) as intended by Prime Minister Patrick Manning, giving her a total salary of $20,200.
Well, can’t say this is surprising. News reports of Penelope taking a pay cut is interesting, but I do know the reason why this has happened. Remember wen Penelope put that album out? Apparently she was signed to PNM records and the album when the album dropped, it did just that: drop and drop and drop. It debuted at number 37438 on the Billboard charts with 3 copies sold. Meanwhile Kamla outdid her, as if it’s any surprise selling a respectable 7 copies.
PNM records needed to recoup their investment and now we are left with Penny’s pay-cut. $30, 000 less per month is a big deal, but who cares? She’s probably going to “make” that much by “other means” anyway. She’ll have to deal with that Ratty-ass offer.
I’m still on vacation but had to speak with you since I am your Prime Minister of choice, after all.