4 Apr 2011

American Samoa senators to take a pay cut to help territory's coffers

2:31 pm on 4 April 2011

American Samoa Senator, Lemanu Peleti, says he and three other senators are volunteering to take a paycut to help with the government's financial problem.

The senator did not say who the other senators were but invited other senators to join them and share the burden.

For the the last two months government employees, including the governor and lieutenant governor, have been working reduced hours to help keep costs down in the face of a shortfall in local revenues.

Senator Lualemaga Faoa criticised Senator Lemanu's move to cut his pay, saying it went against a decision by the Senate President, Gaoteote Palaie, that senators and senate employees will not have their hours cut.

Senate President Gaoteote Palaie says until the Senate gets financial reports from the administration and is convinced there's a financial crisis it will not take a paycut.