President’s Letter about Salary Increase
Text of Letter From President Toribiong to Delegate Isechal
July 10, 2009 Serial No. 09-393
The Honorable Delegate Jonathan Isechal House of Delegates Eighth Olbiil Era Kelulau Capitol, Republic of Palau
Dear Delegate Isechal:
Questions have been raised regarding the proposal to raise the salaries of the President and members of his cabinet, with the President to receive a salary equal to that of the Chief Justice, Vice President to receive a salary equal to an Associate Justice, and the rest of the Ministers to receive salaries equal to the members of the Olbiil Era Kelulau. The justification on this proposal is that it is “fair and logical” and is commensurate with the responsibilities of their offices.
A good example of how this is fair is the salary structure of the United States Government officials as shown by the attached document Since 2001, the President receives an annual salary of $400,000, the Vice President $208,100, Senator and Representative $162,100, Speaker of the House $208,000, US Supreme Court Chief Justice $208,100, and Associate Justice $199,200.
The proposal is to bring substantial degree of fairness to the salaries of the officials of three branches of our National Government; and if we have to reduce our salaries then it will be done proportionally based upon the relative weight of the responsibilities of our offices.
Finally, I have received words from our Ambassador to the United States and our Washington D.C. – based consultants that our request to extend the level of funding from 2009 to 2010 has been approved by the US Government Office of Management and Budget and has the support of the Departments of the Interior and State, but the US Budget for 2010 is still subject to the approval of the United States Congress. Our consultant and Ambassador in Washington D.C. are following the legislative deliberations of the US Congress to make sure that the appropriation for Palau in 2010 will not be lost in the process.
We will keep you apprised of the status and progress of this matter.
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