9 Sep 2010

American Samoa's Tulafono calls for unity

10:29 am on 9 September 2010

The American Samoa Governor is calling for unity through collaboration and communication for the territory to succeed during difficult economic times.

Togiola Tulafono made the call in a four page letter that accompanied the fiscal year 2011 budget, totaling 466 million US dollars, sent to the Fono last week.

The Governor explains in his letter that the territory's restricted economic base, further irritated by one cannery leaving, while the other continues to downsize.

Although the main problem Togiola says is the mandated rise of the local minimum wage until the federal minimum is reached.

He also notes that revenue forecasts aren't ironcast, and that funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and FEMA following last September's earthquake and tsunami are counter balancing measures but short term measures.