$6.05 minimum wage tomorrow

Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) said getting the increase right has been one of his toughest jobs as the CNMI’s representative in Congress. “Workers tell me they worry that, if wages rise too quickly, they will lose their job or have their hours cut. Employers say they cannot invest in growing their business, when wages go up too fast. But my heart tells me that families need more money to meet their needs,” Sablan said. Sablan has amended federal law twice to stretch out the increase, relying on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s economic analysis. GAO's March 2014 report said that for minimum wage workers in the NMI wages are going up faster than prices.

DHS: CW cap at 13,999 for 2015

"We should not lose focus on the continuing need to train U.S. workers,” Congressman Sablan said. Citing U.S. Department of Labor data, Sablan said unemployed U.S. workers could fill as many as 20 percent of the available jobs, “if the unemployed had the right skills. Our local government has the responsibility for using effectively the $1.5 million it receives each year in CW fees to train U.S. workers. And employers have the responsibility always to hire locals, if they have the skills and are ready to work. U.S. Public Law 110-229 still requires that there be zero CW workers by the end of 2019.”

MILE CNMI to meet with Kilili

The voter awareness group Maximum Impact Leading Excellence, or MILE CNMI, has scheduled a meeting with Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) on Oct. 4 at his campaign office on Middle Road, Chalan LauLau, according to the youth group organizer, Irene Tantiado. Tantiado said the group feels that meeting with Sablan is the “biggest meeting” for them…

Declining to attend publicly funded political activity

Because NMD Corp is a publicly funded organization, the Kilili for Congress campaign committee has advised Congressman Sablan not to attend a candidates' debate NMD Corp is running. The use of public funds for political activities is prohibited by CNMI law.

Kilili continues to address plight of E-2C investors

BARELY three months before the longtime-investor classification expires, as longtime investors are thinking all hope is lost, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan continues to take up the cudgels for them on Capital Hill and address their plight by buying them more time. “The E2 CNMI visa is one of the important immigration policies I am working to have extended. It will end this year, unless Congress takes action,” Sablan told Variety yesterday.

US Senate adds CNMI immigration to energy bill

With only a few congressional session days left before 2014 ends, the U.S. Senate added Thursday night three CNMI immigration policies to an insular areas energy bill then passed the combined bill and sent it back to the U.S. House of Representatives. These immigration policies include extending beyond Dec. 31, 2014 the CNMI’s exemption from accepting asylum applicants, extending the islands’ E2-C investor visa, and extending the numerical cap on H visas for Guam and the CNMI.

Maintenance of effort

IN my remarks to the Legislature in July I urged appropriation of funds for the Public School System and Northern Marianas College to meet the maintenance-of-effort requirements the commonwealth government agreed to when accepting the 2009 State Fiscal Stabilization Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Fletcher thanks Kilili for helping CUC

Marianas Variety by Junhan B. Todiño – U.S. Public Health Service officers play a vital role in the improvement of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s water treatment and operational processes, CUC Executive Director Alan W. Fletcher said yesterday as he expressed his appreciation to U.S.

‘Human resources key to NMI economic growth’

Speaking before human resource managers yesterday, Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) vowed to make sure every person in the CNMI “has enough to eat, is healthy and educated, and has a job” to maximize its human resources.

US House Agriculture Committee chair joins ribbon cutting for Garapan public market

Visiting U.S. House Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas (R-Ok) joined Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) in leading yesterday’s ribbon cutting for a $200,000 permanent public market on Saipan that Lucas said is a bridge between food producers and consumers at a time when so many parts of the United States experience a disconnect between the two.