Pension reform: deputies say goodbye to money?

The initiative of Andrei Turchak about the deprivation of pension allowances of State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council can be extended to all of Russia. Regional parliamentarians were not happy about this.
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A proposal to deprive regional deputies of pension surcharges was made by the head of the United Russia faction in the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Alexander Teterdinko. “The initiative is correct, and it can be extended to deputies of regional parliaments. If this decision is made at the federal level, we will raise this issue at a faction meeting,” the Kommersant newspaper quoted him as saying. At present, according to Teterdinko, the supplement to the pension of deputies of the city parliament is 20-30 thousand rubles, depending on the number of convocations in which the deputy has worked.
Supported the initiative to deprive the pension allowances and the head of the committee on the regulations of the legislative assembly of Primorye, Deputy Secretary of the regional branch of United Russia Dmitry Novikov.True, he found it difficult to say what kind of pension preferences deputies of the region have, the newspaper notes.
As reported by Davydov.Indeks, on August 20, the General Council of United Russia held a joint meeting with the council of party faction leaders in regional parliaments to summarize proposals for improving the pension system.
One of the most unexpected initiatives was the abolition of pension benefits for deputies and senators, proposed by the Secretary of the General Council Andrei Turchak. “I think it would be right if the deputies and senators representing our party make changes to the law on the status of a member of the Federation Council and the State Duma deputy, eliminate the existing inequality and cancel preferences. I think this rule should be earned from January 1, 2019 State Duma deputies and senators should receive a pension in a single, uniform manner for all citizens of the Russian Federation, "said Andrei Turchak. His words provoked a disgruntled grumble of deputies in the hall. At the same time, Raisa Karmazina, a member of the State Duma Commission on Ethics, proposed abolishing pension supplements to government officials.
The initiative to abolish parliamentary privileges is also cool in the regions.In particular, the head of the United Russia faction in the Sevastopol parliament, Vyacheslav Aksyonov, says that there are extra charges for city deputies, but they are insignificant. He believes that the issue must be approached more carefully - to find out what the allowances are, and after that it is already decided whether to reduce them.
In the Stavropol Territory, according to a Kommersant source in the regional government, the cancellation of pension allowances is not actively discussed yet, but the interlocutor has no doubt that the allowances will be removed, and possibly in the fall.
The chairman of the legislative assembly of the Leningrad Region, Sergei Bebenin, said that he did not understand the purpose of this innovation, noting that savings on deputies across the country would be minimal.
Vladimir Bespalov, deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky Territory from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, also complained that regional parliamentarians are deprived of the opportunity to receive salary for deputy activities, since they are paid only by the management team - the speaker, the heads of committees and their deputies, and United Russia representatives . Therefore, in his opinion, if we proceed from the principle of social justice, then “pension preferences must be deprived of not only deputies, but also officials, including representatives of power structures.”However, this initiative in the regions was received without enthusiasm, noting that they regularly cut benefits to officials.
Alexey Timchenko, Chairman of the Primorsky Regional Branch of Business Russia, a member of the Presidium of the Growth Party, shares his opinion on how necessary it is to deprive deputies of pension benefits: “The question of reducing or removing pension supplements to the deputies, including regional a rather ambiguous level, let's consider it both in strictly budget-economic and socio-political categories. Of course, the initiatives of certain deputies and factions to “reduce” ok - the decision is good, from the point of view of the voter it is only welcome, but this decision is socio-political, from the point of view of budgetary realities it is unlikely that even the total deprivation of deputies of all convocations of the N-th region of pension allowances will significantly affect the budget of the subject of the federation. that the deputies carry a certain load as elected representatives of the authorities and are entitled to appropriate benefits, but here again the question is in the criteria.Apparently, the allowances of "servants of the people" should not repeatedly exceed the average level of general labor pensions in the relevant region, and should also objectively take into account the merits of the deputies in the work, and not only by the number of convocations in which they worked. That is, the status of a deputy should not automatically give a "pension margin" to such a "servant of the people", but if there is merit, of course, there should be a premium. In general, it would be nice if such initiatives take into account the level of budget provision of a specific subject of the federation. Indeed, it is one thing when it comes to the payment of allowances from the budget of the region “donor”, ​​another thing if it is a question of a subsidized territory with a deficit budget. This, too, must be taken into account, and it will be an objective fiscal criterion. "
Political strategist Lenid Mishunin believes that the proposal is a common PR move and will not follow any withdrawal of privileges from deputies and officials: “The deputies will not remove any privileges, including retirement benefits.” Moreover, it is impossible to believe that the former deputies themselves voluntarily give up their pensions. <...> Naturally, at the regional level, the deputies will not offend themselves.
The whole topic is public relations for "descending steam". <...> The very proposal to reduce pension allowances to deputies will be forgotten immediately after the regional elections, i.e. 10 September."
Turchak’s initiative to abolish privileges for deputies and senators is assessed by political analyst Mikhail Doliyev (Astrakhan): “Turchak made a sensible proposal to abolish privileges and allowances to deputies. I personally positively appreciate such an initiative. I’m sure that the population will accept it positively. they have a lot of preferences and a good margin of safety. The mere fact that deputies are in power allows them to open their doors. "
Well, something like this.
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