23 May 2007

Saipan's Chamber of Commerce says U.S. Congress ignores requests on feasibility study

9:19 am on 23 May 2007

Saipan's Chamber of Commerce says the U.S. Congress has ignored repeated requests to conduct a feasibility study on the impact of minimum wage rises in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

Its President Juan Guerro says it feels like Congress is wanting to make changes to the minimum wage, without researching the impact of that on the economy.

He says the economy is already in crisis, and if passed the minimum wage bill would see the minimum wage in the Commonwealth rise from $3.05 to $7.25 over time, which would be detrimental to any economic recovery.

He says currently it feels like the bill is being pushed onto them, whether they like it or not.

"The right approach which is y'know sit down, talk about it, have all the different organisations sit down with the government legilstature, members of U.S Congress, members of the U.S. administration, to proceed with dialogue that's more conclusive to achieve some sort of solution."

Saipan's Chamber of Commerce president, Juan Guerro.