9 Aug 2007

CNMI's Governor plans to merge agencies under executive branch

10:22 am on 9 August 2007

The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, plans to merge agencies under the executive branch.

The move could mean job losses as the cash-strapped government struggles to meet its financial obligations.

The Mariana Variety newspaper reports the Governor saying the Budget for the coming year will be lower than this year's 163 million US dollars.

The Governor says the merging of the agencies is necessary to ensure the government only spends what it can afford.