27 Sep 2012

CNMI committee hammers out budget bill

10:44 am on 27 September 2012

Members of the Northern Marianas' bicameral committee tasked with hammering out a compromise 114 million US dollar budget bill have agreed on across-the-board cuts of 1 point 9 percent.

There had been prospects of cuts as high as 8 percent.

The House Ways and Means Committee chair, Ray Basa, says they have agreed to give the struggling public education sector 32 million instead of 33.

There is also a recommendation to cut the budgets of other agencies, such as the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.