Northern Mariana Islands partial shutdown ending

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Posted: Oct 11, 2010 3:27 PM
Northern Mariana Islands partial shutdown ending

The partial government shutdown in the Northern Mariana Islands is ending with Gov. Benigno R. Fitial signing a budget for fiscal 2011.

The signing came Sunday, two days after the $132 million measure was passed by the Legislature of the U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean.

More than 1,400 nonessential government employees found themselves out of work Oct. 1 because no budget was in place by a Sept. 30 deadline. The Saipan Tribune is reporting the employees are to report back to work Tuesday.

The new budget cuts expenses by reducing two-week pay periods from 80 to 64 hours and mandating 13 unpaid holidays.

The Fitial administration says if that isn't enough to balance the budget, some employees may have to be let go.