21 Feb 2008

CNMI clarifies job funding issue in 2008 budget

4:53 pm on 21 February 2008

The Northern Marinanas government has denied that close to 1,000 government employees will be fired under the governor's budget proposal.

The acting Governor Timothy Villagomez says it's disappointing that certain House members are misinforming the public regarding the governor's proposed fiscal year 2008 budget.

He explained that the proposed reduction CNMI of 964 full-time employees does not constitute a mass termination.

He says it merely eliminates 964 vacant positions the government could not afford to fund in fiscal year 2008.

Mr Villagomez says you cannot fire anyone you have not hired.