AMERICAN SAMOA LEGISLATORS WIPE OUT YEAR'S TRAVEL BUDGET IN FIRST QUARTER

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 31, 2002 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---American Samoa Fono leaders have been told that the territory’s two legislative chambers spent the travel budget for all of Fiscal Year 2002 during the year's first quarter, which ended December 31.

During the Fono’s session opening, Governor Tauese Sunia reported in his "State of the Territory" Address that "approximately 47 percent of government overspending" in Fiscal Year 2001 was attributed to the Fono alone.

The financial report from legislative financial officer Velega Savali, Jr., said, "All Fono accounts reflect an overrun in travel of $111,374" for the first quarter of FY 2002.

"This overrun used up the Fono's entire approved travel budget for fiscal year 2002 by $18,874."

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AMERICAN SAMOA SENATE PURSUES TAX ON LIGHT MEAT TUNA

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 30, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The American Samoa Senate is making a second attempt to win passage of proposed legislation that would impose a 20 percent tax on light meat tuna sold to local canneries by foreign fishing vessels.

The Senate’s last attempt was blocked in the lower house.

However, the bill’s supporters say passage of the bill is urgently needed to increase government revenues.

Local canneries oppose the tax on tuna -- including yellowfin and skipjack -- saying it is not in accordance with their tax-exempt privileges and that it will increase production costs.

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