19 Aug 2009

American Samoa villages to be included in US study of minimum wage impact

8:15 pm on 19 August 2009

Villages in American Samoa will be included in the study of the impact of the minimum wage hikes in the Territory conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office or GAO.

Three members from GAO are in the Territory to carry out the two week study.

Governor Togiola Tulafono says past federal studies usually focused on private sector and others in government, with no input from villagers.

The study will be submitted to Congress, which has mandated the GAO to provide the first report no later than April 15, 2010.