MEXICO CITY – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that his administration will reduce the pay of top officials in favor of boosting the salaries of teachers, soldiers, police officers, and medical professionals.
The leader of the leftist National Regeneration Movement party told a press conference that his government will draft a reglementary law for Article 127 of Mexico’s Constitution, which states that no public servant can receive a salary higher than the president’s.
Given Lopez Obrador’s earlier announcement that his presidential salary will be 60 percent less than that of incumbent Enrique Peña Nieto, enforcement of Article 127 would mean pay cuts among the highest ranks in all three branches of government.
The president-elect said that as part of his drive for “republican austerity” in government, he will seek legal changes to reduce administrative outlays.
“We will reduce the pay of top public officials to increase the salaries of teachers, nurses, doctors, police officers, soldiers and marines,” he said.
The salaries of mid-level officials, however, will not be reduced, while “those who earn the least will see a gradual rise in their income.”
According to Lopez Obrador, transparency is crucial to carry out these changes, so that citizens know exactly how much each official earns, without hiding “compensations or bonuses.”
Lopez Obrador, who will be sworn in on Dec. 1, added that he would reduce the size of Mexico’s bureaucracy “to avoid duplicities.”
The future president met Friday with members of Mexico’s Supreme Court, who explained the budget adjustments they were planning ahead of discussions on next year’s government budget.
Lopez Obrador said he received no pushback from the judges about his intention to reduce salaries for top officials.
“They discussed these issues with much responsibility and respect,” he said.