CNMI Saved As Much As $750K From Partial 10-Day Shutdown

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Guam –  If there was a silver lining in the 10-day partial government shutdown in the CNMI, it was that the Commonwealth was able to save from $650,000 to $750,000 in personnel costs, according to Lt. Gov. Eloy S. Inos.

Inos, who oversees the cash-strapped government’s finances, said he estimated that the shutdown would’ve saved the government between $1.3 million and $1.5 million if it lasted two weeks. But since if effectively covered six working days, the savings realized was half of that or from $650,000 to $750,000.

Lawmakers, however, separately said this so-called savings meant unrecoverable financial losses to over 1,400 employees who were affected by the shutdown.

Rep. Ray Tebuteb said this so-called savings could have gone to Northern Marianas College, which he said needs half a million dollars more to meet the Maintenance-of-Effort agreement.

Rep. Trenton Conner, for his part, said there’s “no such thing as savings at the expense of the living. It was an injustice.”

Rep. Teresita A. Santos said with the budget deficit the CNMI has incurred, “I don’t think there is such thing as savings or the government saved.”