Consistently pursuing the policy of superiority of public administration over the public interest, Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis has taken the next logical step, declaring that “one of the solutions to motivate people to stay in public administration is the issue of remuneration, and in this respect but in their subordinate institutions ’.
Kučinskis emphasizes that “more important than the question of whether it is necessary to review the number of employees in public administration is to review the functions of institutions, determining which of them may be redundant”. We can only guess whether Kučinskis is seriously planning to reduce the bureaucracy (InfoTOP.lv believes that there is no evidence of such plans), but now it is clear that the new government is more concerned about raising the salaries of the country’s Chinatowns. Kučinskis motivates this by the fact that “competition between private business and public administration” has intensified, therefore public administration cannot “stay under another blow and deter people from wanting to work in it”. Simply put, salary increases in public administration could take place this year.
True, Kuchin’s initiative puts ministries in very different positions. If, for example, the Ministry of Transport could not have a big problem “finding” money in “its” “Latvian Railway”, “Lattelecom” or “LMT”, also the Ministry of Culture could probably “rob” the National Opera and Ballet and other theaters (moreover) this ministry still has a lawsuit “reserve” – unpaid money for the builders of the Latvian national library building), then it is difficult to imagine where the money could be “found” by the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Education and Science or the Ministry of Health.
Furthermore, no example can be found where wage increases in public administration have increased administrative efficiency and reduced corruption in the long run.