High court: Salary hike unconstitutional

The CNMI Supreme Court ruled today, Aug. 30, 2018, that the 80-percent salary increase for executive, legislative, and judicial officers enacted through Public Law 19-83 is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court reviewed section 10 of the CNMI Constitution that determines the requirements to enact a legislative salary increase while reviewing the Manibusan v. Larson case.

Today, the court determined that the salary increase implemented in Public Law 19-83 violates Section 10 of the CNMI Constitution for failing to choose a Composite Price Index, reviewing the percentage change of that CPI for the period since the last salary change, and making a salary recommendation that falls within the percentage change.

More details to follow.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.

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