Sunday, December 7, 2008

Storm clouds: the week that was

The Marianas Variety implies that less than 1,000 "out of status" workers isn't much.

More than implies actually: "THE Department of Labor says there are less than 1,000 foreign nationals who may be overstaying in the CNMI since they arrived here over the past six years, allaying fears that the commonwealth may be harboring many illegal migrants."

Seems like a lot to me, and how are they getting by without being part of the underground economy?

Fair enough

Will there be a 'bubble' of unneeded employees because of the transition to federal control of immigration? They may be chasing ambulances a bit, but it's good advice for employers "to extend their employment contracts to buy them more time amid ambiguities and uncertainties regarding regulations that are still being drafted."

It could be a rocky transition.

CUC in a nutshell

"When you're looking at financials it tells you (you're) insolvent," Antonio Muna said. "It's difficult in accounting terms to project if it will be a growing concern, because of all of this burden of liability where debt exceeds assets. How do you cope with that?"

Shellgame in a nutshell

(Eloy Inos) added that the projected decrease in personnel outlays due to reduction in employer contribution to the NMI Retirement Fund was not achieved because the anticipated savings were "plowed back into the system and expensed by way of fuel subsidy to [the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.]."

"If that subsidy was in fact treated as payment of government utilities, [the] $2.1 million over-expenditure in utilities expense could and would have been averted," he said.

Just plain nuts

Key provisions of the budget include...

11-percent employer contribution rate to the NMI Retirement Fund;

Prohibition against reprogramming of appropriations for utility expenses;

Flight fright

It's no surprise, really, but Asiana Airlines is losing money on its Saipan route. Hmm, so is it a bad time to sue over Kumho's Laolao lease?

From the comments, there seem to be some unhappy taxpayers, but CDA proposes changes to qualifying certificate program" tells us the government is still working to provide a better deal.

The Flame Sako Resort & Spa proposal for the beach north of the Palms Resort in As Matuis seems to be getting some opposition too. There seems to be a vocal group that's questioning new development. The Dec. 9 hearing at GTC Elementary School should be particularly interesting.


Anonymous said...

Many illegal guest workers are working underground as yard workers and farmers for numerous local families on the three islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. They are underpaid if at all and obviously under constant threat of being exposed to immigration by their slave masters. That is how it works and it is a disgrace on the local Chamorro and Carolinian familes involved in this practise!

SteeleOnSaipan said...

You are exactly right above but that practice won't end as long as their detractors remain anonymous.

Perhaps the article should have read 1000 illegal aliens in Garapan any evening after 8:00pm. The reporter must have misunderstood the statement.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

When the estimate of illegals on the mainland is 14 - 17 million.. under 1000 isn't even a drop in drop's bucket.

KAP said...

Some of them are pretty recent: they couldn't get a new job within the time limit. But that puts them out of status and they'll still be out of status (or gone) when the feds take over.

I think most cities similar in size to Saipan would be up in arms if they read 'less than 1,000'.

This Garapan petri dish could use some cleaning.