30 Dec 2010

American Samoa government considers further cuts

8:22 am on 30 December 2010

Faced with serious government finance shortfall, the American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono is heading towards implementing more measures to save costs, including the reduction of working hours.

Following a meeting with the Treasurer Magalei Logovi'i, the governor's office says Togiola is now considering taking extreme measures to sustain essential government operations.

The measures include a 30-percent reduction for government operations not funded by federal grants.

Togiola will reconvene a meeting today with the Treasurer to finalise measures to become effective next week.

However, they won't impinge on the government payroll on January the 3rd, when every employee will get their full 80-hours pay.

Earlier, the governor ordered a freeze on hiring more staff.