Saturday, June 21

Kenyan politicians nix new taxes (on them)

The big story in Kenya the last couple of days is the debate over whether to tax the large salaries of members of parliament. According to the Nation, MPs earn 800,000 shillings (about $12,500) per month, only a quarter of it taxed. The cabinet has said the MPs should be taxed, but parliament is having none of it. It seems the logical thing to do would be to just lower the salaries - among the highest for lawmakers anywhere in the world - since it's all public money in the end. But maybe taxation is a more winnable battle.

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