4 Oct 2010

Government shutdown continues in CNMI

11:57 am on 4 October 2010

The Northern Marianas legislature has once again failed to pass a budget, meaning the Government shutdown continues.

More than 1,400 government employees considered non-essential will still not be able to report to work today, until a budget is passed.

On Saturday night, the House passed a new budget bill that still contains a 16-hour work cut and 13 unpaid holidays but with a sharp cut in the House and Senate leadership account.

About an hour later, the Senate passed a substitute bill that still has an eight-hour cut and 10 unpaid holidays.

This brought the Legislature almost back to where it started on the $132 million spending measure.