18 Apr 2013

American Samoa's governor signs supplemental budget into law

10:42 am on 18 April 2013

The Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law legislation appropriating 5 million US dollars to the American Samoa Government to fund 22 projects.

Lolo expressed appreciation to the Fono for acting swiftly to pass the supplemental budget.

The supplemental budget is to fund employee overpayment payments mandated by the US Department of Labor and several court judgments against ASG.

The court judgments include a partial payment of 550,000 dollars for the Laufou Shopping Center fire; the judgment in that case is well over 6 million dollars.

There is also funding for a new immigration tracking system, DOE school maintenance, and reimbursements of disallowable costs for federal programs.

The only change the Fono made to the legislation was to funnel 100,000 from the Department of Education maintenance's budget in the legislation to pay for MV Sili repairs.

The funding sources for the appropriations are from the Tobacco Master and Toyota settlements, military cover over tax, and recoverable indirect costs in the ASG FY 2013 budget.