2 Feb 2011

American Samoa congressman speaks out about plans to raise taxes

4:32 pm on 2 February 2011

American Samoa received over 905 million US dollars from the federal government between 2004 and 2009 and shouldn't need to raise taxes.

This is the view of the territory's US congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, who doesn't agree with the governor's plans to raise revenues to meet a projected seven million US dollar shortfall.

Togiola Tulafono is proposing higher income taxes, increased duty on some imports and reducing the hours of some government workers.

The congressman says the ASG's local budget is generously subsidised by the federal government and he doesn't know how the legislature can support the governor's proposal to increase taxes or cut work hours.