AG: Dont go to talanei or the newspaper

The Chairman of the ASG Revenue Task Force, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, gave some strong statements at today’s cabinet meeting concerning those who are objecting to the governor’s revenue generating proposals.

The normally soft spoken and collected AG, appeared agitated when he addressed the cabinet about those, who instead of coming forward with suggestions to improve the governor’s proposals, are throwing out criticisms in other quarters.

The AG told the meeting that the Lolo and Lemanu government has made significant achievements and the revenue package is one of the milestone initiatives by this government.

He said no other administration has put together a plan on how to generate funds to finance ASG.

Talauega said when the Fono resumes on August 21st, it will review five pieces of legislation intended to rake in revenues for ASG.

He told the cabinet the legislative package represents the wish of the governor and the lt. governor and a lot of thought and effort, from some bright minds, have gone into it.

He said if any one has suggestions on the measures, “don’t hold back, come forward. Don’t go to talanei or the newspaper and say the governor’s measures are bad or wrong.”

Talauega said the proposals include measures to return money to tax payers such as removing the 2% wage tax, abolishing the 5% excise tax on commercial goods and upgrading  the income tax tables.

With regards to the 2% wage tax, Talauega drew this scenario: If you make $10,000 a year, right now the government is taking $200 from your salary annually…and you have no say in the matter.

The wage tax takes out $400 if you make $20,000.

Directors who mostly earn $60,000 upwards lose $1,200 to the government through the wage tax.

But if the new bills are approved, Talauega said those deductions from the 2% wage tax would be retained by the wage earner.

“The wage tax was not a fair tax because only those who are on the payroll pay it, while many who are paid under the table or set their own salaries without any paperwork don’t pay it,” the AG claimed.

He called for everyone’s support in getting the governor’s proposals passed and he urged directors to lobby with representatives and senators in support of the revenue bills.


    1. Alamea

      Exactly! wage tax funding ASG’s “general fund” which is really their personal spending money. This so-called AG making false statements here and goes on to say “brilliant minds” put this together. The same brilliant minds that suggested the tin boat (segaula) to travel to and from Manua (engines went missing), ManuaTele, Scanner, Local bank no routing number, Faleasao Elem school bus, cutting working hours of contractors and federal grant paid employees (illegal), and the list goes on. Those “brilliant minds” this so-called AG is referring to. A Lolo lackey is what he is not qualified to be an AG or in any other govt post.

  1. No'i

    You’re not an economist, so why should people waste their time addressing issues on improving the economy when you’re only out to please the governor with your proposals? Perhaps we should look into hiring an independent firm to evaluate and make suggestions. It’s funny, Mr. AG proposes in repealing and replacing tax tables that only impacts the private sectors and citizens and ignore government spending that is out of control as a problematic area and quite frankly is for the most part fleecing the economy. “He said no other administration has put together a plan on how to generate funds to finance ASG.”…that’s an obvious LIE!



  3. Teinesamoa

    Your main job description is a ” Prosecutor “not an economist. I want to hear from the horse’s mouth.

  4. Look at the Facts people

    I don’t know about you guys but what he proposed about the 2% wage tax is a really good deal. I mean disregard every other word that was said and skip to the part where he is trying to make things fair among payroll employees and those who are paid under the table; I think this is pretty fair. Those who pays the 2% wage tax will be able to retain maybe all or a partial of it afterwards and those who don’t won’t have anything to claim.

    1. No'i

      Oh…like cherry picking, choose only what you like. Well we’re not in the fields harvesting fruits, we’re talking about people’s livelihood here sweety. You’re method is what creates poverty.

  5. AG should resign

    Ale was sent on a fool’s errand, if he had any moral compass he would resign in protest. All of these people knew that this would happen when they campaigned last year and covered it all up. Now he wants to lash out at those who don’t want to pay for all those new jobs that Lolo and Lemanu have bought with votes.

  6. Lewis

    First, I believe the 2% wage was unfair and terrible (unfair to workers and businesses that pay their employees in the proper fashion, plus ASG apparently diverted funds instead of sending them where they were supposed to go). It should have been abolished years ago.
    But what really matters about the new proposals is they are DESIGNED/INTENDED to raise an extra, additional $25 million for ASG in 2020 compared to the existing revenue measures. That’s about $2,500 per household in American Samoa, or about 10% of the average household’s income. And: low income households will be much more severely impacted than high income households.
    If enacted, the average household in American Samoa will be about 10% poorer and the government will be the beneficiary.
    Is that what people think is the best way to address the imbalance that presently exists between government income and government spending?

    1. No'i

      @Lewis, I agree the 2% wage tax should’ve been removed for not honoring its purpose, yet they kept it all these years and continue to ignore the intended beneficiary, LBJ Hospital, rerouted those funds into “general account” (ASG officials personal spending money). This idiot AG proposal will definitely impact families making below the minimum wage, and wipe out many businesses. He’s not looking at the poor state of the economy or the economy as whole, but focuses only on what a person/s will pay into this proposal. It’s a one sided deal that will benefit the top tier. You would think with the minimum wage being controlled as to not destroy our only fish company and export and other entities indirectly, they would take the necessary time to think this thoroughly. STOP SPENDING AND PAY YOUR DEBTS!

    1. No'i

      It’s okay Matt, the AG doesn’t know either among many many other things like Immigration, key factors that impact the economy, capitalist and free market capitalist, the list goes on and on. He’s just poisoning the atmosphere with his stupidity.


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