CNMI: Despite Collection Improvements, Payroll Delayed Anew

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Guam – Collections of the cash-strapped CNMI government are slightly up in January compared to previous months. But despite the improvement in collections, payroll in the CNMI is being delayed again.

The amount collected was not enough for the Fitial administration to avert yet  another delay in the release of government payroll today [Thursday].

According to the Saipan Tribune, except for critical and federally-funded personnel like doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, and corrections officers, most civil servants in the CNMI will not again be paid on time.

Government payroll in the CNMI has been delayed at least nine times since June 2010 because of severe cash shortage. Most of those affected are also subject to a 16-hour cut per payroll and unpaid holidays in fiscal year 2011.

Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos said cash collections improved in January partly because the Jan. 31 deadline for the latest quarterly business gross revenue tax payments is drawing near.