N.S. auditor general to delve into politicians expenses in report

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HALIFAX - An examination of legislative members' expenses is expected to highlight today's release of a report by Nova Scotia's auditor general.
Jacques Lapointe's findings will be part of a review of the Speaker's office.
Lapointe is expected to make recommendations on whether the 52 members of the legislature should be required to provide receipts for all living and rental accommodations.
Members who live outside Halifax currently get a monthly allowance of $1,470, but can spend above their actual rent without providing receipts.
The report comes as the NDP government increases its scrutiny of political perks in order to rein in costs while it struggles with a $525-million deficit.
Several perks were eliminated last fall, including a $45,000 special payment to defeated and retired politicians, while a two-year wage freeze was also implemented on salaries for sitting members.

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia

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