AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TAUESE WANTS U.S. TO PAY HIS SALARY

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 8, 1999 - Samoa News)---A move is under way to have the federal government pay for the salaries of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor, and possibly members of the Legislative Branch.

That issue came up last Friday before the Senate voted to pass a bill that would increase the salaries of the American Samoa Government’s two top officials: the Governor from the current $50,000 to $85,000 and Lieutenant Governor from $45,000 to $80,000 annually.

The bill now goes to the House for its consideration.

According to Senate President Lutu Tenari Fuimaono, Governor Tauese Sunia is still waiting for final word from the mainland on the issue of Washington paying his salary. Currently, the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice are both appointed and paid by Uncle Sam.

AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY FY 1998 SAVINGS OF $1.4 MILLION ON PAPER ONLY

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 8, 1999)---That $1.4 million that the Governor said was saved by the American Samoa Government (ASG) at the close of fiscal year 1998 is only on paper, not hard-cash, according to two ASG officials.

The Acting Director of Budget, Magalei Logovii, and Treasurer Tifimalae Ale, made the comment when they appeared before the Senate Budget Appropriations Committee last Thursday.

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