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ASPA projecting a decrease in revenue for three divisions

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American Samoa Power Authority is projecting a decrease in revenue for three divisions under its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which shows that only the Solid-waste Division is forecasting a slight increase in revenue collection.
 
ASPA’s proposed FY 2017 budget totals $80.58 million with 471 employees compared to the approval FY 2016 budget of $124.59 million with 441 employees. ASPA’s budget is listed under the Enterprise Fund budget category, which includes ASG entities that earn revenues from their operation.
 



Girl found dead at sea has been identified

The body of a young girl found last week Wednesday by fishermen at sea has been identified by her family.

This was confirmed by Police Media Officer Su’a Lemamea Tiumalu during their weekly press conference yesterday.

He said the deceased has been identified as a 14-year-old girl. Su’a did not mention her village however he said the deceased is from a village in Vaimauga East and she also attends a college close to town.

“Police are still investigation the incident,” said Su’a. “We have also requested a Post Mortem report but we are still waiting for the coroner’s order.”



Hearings on proposed FY 2017 budget start Monday

Again, the hearings will be a joint-Fono budget review
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The Fono leaders have requested the administration for an updated financial report on revenue collection and expenditures for current fiscal year 2016, as the Fono prepares to begin next Monday, hearings on the American Samoa’s proposed FY 2017 budget, for two and half weeks.
 
And despite some House members’ wishes for each chamber to hold their own budget review, this year’s budget hearings, as in the past couple of years, will be a joint-Fono budget review.
 



Budget Director: ASG “on track” to balanced budget

LFO analysis projects over $11Mill deficit at end of year
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With spending level in compliance with local law, the American Samoa Government is on “track to achieve a balanced budget” by the end of current fiscal year 2016 budget, which closes on Sept. 30, 2016, says Office of Program Planning and Budget director Catherine Aigamaua Saelua in her Aug. 11th cover to the governor and the Fono that includes the FY 2016 third quarter performance report — for period Apr. 1- June 30.
 



New budget has directors’ salaries remaining the same

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The current highest salary level for cabinet directors of the Lolo Administration stands at $73,000 while the lowest is $60,000, and these are the same salary levels proposed for the new fiscal year 2017 budget.
 
Of interest is how many of the directors are actually getting the current pay, cited in the budget. During last year’s FY 2016 budget review, several directors — when asked by lawmakers — said that the amount in their budgets is higher than what they were actually receiving at the time.
 



LBJ CEO: Scholarship ensures Samoan doctors at LBJ

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The LBJ hospital with the assistance of the American Samoa Government is offering a “full scholarship to the Fiji School of Medicine” and this is one way to assure that 10 years from now there will still be Samoan physicians working at the hospital, says hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina.
 
Responding to Samoa News questions the CEO said that the management and the hospital board say they are looking at the future of the hospital and the need to have Samoan doctors on board.
 



American Samoa focus of federal voting rights hearing

At heart of the case: the Illinois MOVE law
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American Samoa will be once again the focus of a federal court hearing and this time, it deals with a provision of an absentee voting law in the state of Illinois, where that state’s former residents, who are US citizens, are allowed to vote in federal elections — while residing in American Samoa.
 



Guns & drugs found during traffic stop in Faganeanea

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A traffic stop in which police uncovered a handgun, live ammunition and drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine, led to the arrest of an Asian man who has been in the custody of the police since Sunday evening.
 



Senate hearing called: Is Retirement Fund in jeopardy?

“Truth of the matter,” no problems despite Faoa-Sanitoa claims, says Ex Director
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    Tickets now selling at local office
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    Toleafoa Captain Jeffrey and Maria Hunter had a goal back in 2002 — that of owning an airline business — and 14 years later it has finally come to life.
     



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