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BOE chair says PSS should get $15M in supplemental revenue

BOARD of Education Chairwoman MaryLou Ada said they will file a certified question with the CNMI Supreme Court regarding the definition of “general revenue” in order to clarify the Public School System’s share of the government’s annual revenue.

“We are not giving up. And we are still working on getting $15 million,” Ada said in an interview, referring to the amount of the supplemental budget they expect to receive from the central government.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres has identified additional revenue from the Saipan casino tax payments amounting to $38 million, but recommended allotting just $2 million for PSS.

The CNMI Constitution mandates that PSS get a minimum of 25 percent of the government’s annual general revenue.

“We will proceed with the filing of the certified question to find out once and for all what ‘general revenue’is,” Ada said.

She said they need $15 million to fund various school infrastructure projects.

BOE member Herman T. Guerrero earlier said that PSS is entitled to the government’s gross, and not net, revenue.