Despite the restrictions imposed by the Department of Labor and Immigration, the Marianas Visitors Authority has not given up on its plan to entice tourists from mainland China to visit the Northern Marianas.
Besieged with complaints that cosmetic products are very expensive on the island, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee has vowed to study the possibility of slashing the stiff excise tax on these items to help lower their price in the local market.
In a move that will satisfy those seeking public offices, nearly $100,000 in remaining funds from earlier appropriation measures have been earmarked by the government for two pet projects of the Legislature in time for the November midterm elections.
Shrugging off calls from federal officials to watch his spending of discretionary funds, Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio yesterday assured the U.S. Department of the Interior that he has been monitoring his expenditures since assuming office in January 1998.