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Full House Beats a Straight

Bali Provincial House of Representative Members Get Large Pay Increase.

(12/16/2006) Tempo Interaktif reports that the pay packets for members of Bali's Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) will get a generous boost following approval of the Provincial Budget on Wednesday, December 13, 2006.

Effective with the new budget, Bali lawmakers will receive a monthly Communications Allowance of Rp. 6.9 million (approximately US$ 750), while the Head of the Parliament will receive an allowance of Rp. 9 million (approximately US$978).

Bali's Governor Dewa Made Beratha explained that the increase was in line with instructions issued by the Minister of Internal Affairs, rendering the hike a virtual fait accompli for his Administration.

With the latest increase DPRD members will be paid Rp. 21,7 million (approximately US$2,359) each month, up from their former pay and allowance level of Rp. 14.8 million (approximately US$1,686).

Final approval on the new pay levels rests with the Minister of Internal Affairs who originally proposed the guidelines for the new allowance structure.