20 Jan 2014

CNMI earmarked more in $1.1-trillion US budget

2:09 pm on 20 January 2014

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is expected to get a bigger share in the $1.1-trillion US government budget bill for the 2014 fiscal year.

The US President, Barrack Obama, signed the budget last Friday, which gives the CNMI Public School System $12.7 million US dollars for elementary and secondary education programs, a $3.9-million increase.

The territory's delegate, Gregorio Sablan, says the funding for the CNMI food stamp programme will also continue at $12 million.

Mr Sablan says HeadStart will also see a $1 billion increase nationally, which should restore money the CNMI programme lost due to sequestration.

Federal employees, including those in the CNMI, will also get a one percent pay increase - their first in three years - as will US troops.