3 May 2008

American Samoa's Congressman seeks millions of dollars from Federal govt

9:38 am on 3 May 2008

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, is seeking 15 million US dollars from the Federal Government to help workers he says may lose their jobs if the minimum wage increases by another 50 cents later this month as planned.

But he says Congressional leaders may not see a need for the funding since the owners of Star Kist Samoa are seeking further tax incentives from the American Samoa Government.

Faleomavaega says 30 million US dollars has been requested - 15 million for American Samoa and 15 million for the Northern Marianas.

He says if the increase cannot be stopped, the funding will help employees who lose their jobs.