CNMI politicians finally agree on budget

8:14 pm on 26 September 2016

The Northern Marianas' House of Representatives and the Senate have compromised on a $US142-million budget for the coming year.

CNMI Legislature 16:10

CNMI Legislature 16:10 Photo: Supplied

This follows marathon talks by a bicameral committee last week.

The panel, composed of three members each from the House and Senate, agreed to restore most of the funding originally been appropriated for the Marianas Visitors Authority.

The Senate had wanted to slash $US1.59 million from the tourism body's funding, sparking an outcry in the House.

The deadline for the governor to sign the budget bill to law is September 30th, otherwise a partial government shutdown would ensue.