5 Apr 2012

American Samoa House tries to salvage governor's LBJ bill

1:33 pm on 5 April 2012

The American Samoan House of Representatives has proposed changes to a bill aimed to help the LBJ hospital after it was rejected by the Senate.

The chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi has suggested, among other things, reduced tax hikes.

This would include an excise tax for beer of 240 percent instead of 250 percent.

The wage tax increases of four percent is deleted under the committee amendments.

The senators said the community already faces a heavy burden and should not be subjected to more financial obligations.