Friday, October 28, 2011

Thank you, America

People on Saipan like to knock on America and curse the federal government. They should really change their tune. Uncle Sam has kept the lights on these last few years. From Delegate Sablan's weekly update:
$250 million in federal funds to the NMI in 2010 – The U.S. Commerce Department recently released the Consolidated Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2010 revealing that $250 million in federal funds came to the Northern Mariana Islands last year. $190 million was in grants from various federal agencies, more than twice the $81 million the Commonwealth received as recently as 2007. The balance of $60 million goes primarily to Social Security beneficiaries, veterans, and others receiving retirement or disability aid. Federal employees earned $9 million and the federal government procured $12 million in goods and services in the Commonwealth. Among federal agencies, the Department of Education awarded grants of $62.6 million in fiscal 2010. Department of the Interior grants totaled more than $47 million. And the Department of Agriculture granted almost $28 million. While local government resources continue to shrink, using the congressional office to increase federal funding to our islands continues to be a top priority.
They contribute nearly double the annual local government budget per year. Some people need to learn to play nice.

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