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V.I. GOVERNMENT MUST BE FLUSH WITH CASH

Dear Source,
The secret is out! The VI Government is flush with cash.
What else could explain the most recent Executive Order by the governor increasing salaries of administrators, commissioners, et. al.? In most jurisdictions, the chief executive gets a budgetary appropriation to pay for proposed salary increases. As these increases seem to come as a surprise to the Legislative branch, I can only assume that no such funding was included in the most recently passed budget.
But then again, who needs an appropriation? Who even needs a Legislature to approve a budget? When the Territory is flush with cash, attention need not be paid to such inconveniences.
Former Sen. Allan Paul Shatkin
Los Angeles, Calif.

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Dear Source,
The secret is out! The VI Government is flush with cash.
What else could explain the most recent Executive Order by the governor increasing salaries of administrators, commissioners, et. al.? In most jurisdictions, the chief executive gets a budgetary appropriation to pay for proposed salary increases. As these increases seem to come as a surprise to the Legislative branch, I can only assume that no such funding was included in the most recently passed budget.
But then again, who needs an appropriation? Who even needs a Legislature to approve a budget? When the Territory is flush with cash, attention need not be paid to such inconveniences.
Former Sen. Allan Paul Shatkin
Los Angeles, Calif.