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Northern Pacific nation faces government shutdown

With just two weeks till the deadline and no 2016 budget in sight, the Northern Marianas (CNMI) has been warned of a possible government shutdown by October 1st. A government shutdown would stall the continuing recovery after Typhoon Soudelor left the CNMI in a state of disaster six weeks ago. The House and the Senate […]

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September 17, 2015 6:21 am

With just two weeks till the deadline and no 2016 budget in sight, the Northern Marianas (CNMI) has been warned of a possible government shutdown by October 1st.

A government shutdown would stall the continuing recovery after Typhoon Soudelor left the CNMI in a state of disaster six weeks ago.

The House and the Senate are deadlocked on the new budget, specifically a US$2.5 million dollars allocation to the Marianas Visitors Authority that the Senate wants used to pay the hospital’s power bill and for X-rays for Customs.

The CNMI governor is required by the Constitution to submit a budget by April 1st, and the Senate and the House then have six months to pass it.

Governor Eloy Inos says a government shutdown would include the suspension of salaries and payment for government services.

Source: RNZI

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