VIDEO: Saipan Report – Fitial Tackles Budget Crisis

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Guam – Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and lawmakers came out from a three-hour leadership meeting Friday with a plan to tackle payless paydays, address the government’s cash shortfall, and generate more revenue that includes finally giving $6.2 million to the airline incentive program to boost tourism.

One of the plans, according to the Saipan Tribune, is reprogramming funds from other programs similar to a landmark law last year that gave the governor authority to reprogram up to $10 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2010 for payrolls.

The Fitial administration will also submit to the Legislature this week a proposed measure that will appropriate $6.2 million or portion of it to the Marianas Visitors Authority to implement its airline incentive program.

Besides rebuilding tourism, the official meeting agenda also included issues on the military buildup, revisiting pozzolan mining, federal relations, legislative reform, and expenditure control and revenue enhancement.

Fitial said he’s happy that he and lawmakers were able to sit down and freely discuss issues that confront the CNMI and ways to address them.

Mark Rabago, PNC News, Saipan.