Getting the increase right has been one of my toughest jobs as your 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.
While investors and developers will be relieved that there will be ample labor available for hotels and other planned projects, we should not lose focus on the continuing need to train U.S. workers.
People in Kagman, Papago, San Vicente, Fina Sisu, Dan Dan, Obyan, As Terlaje, and the surrounding areas can now rely on the new Kagman Community Health Center for primary and preventive care. We need it to remain open and even expand services.
After holding a series of listening sessions in the Northern Marianas over the last week, the Marianas Trench Monument Advisory Council will issue a final report on plans for a Monument Visitor Center by December 19. The report will reflect public comments from the meetings on Rota, Tinian, and Saipan on the initial recommendation by the Council, regarding the mission and location of a Visitor Center and potential funding sources.