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Cash-Poor V.I. Government ‘Elated’ To Be Handing Out Pay Increases For Its Employees

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Government employees can expect to see long-anticipated pay increases in this week’s payroll checks.

Division of Personnel Director Milton Potter said on Tuesday that the first set of government employees would see the pay hikes soon.

“I am elated to see these raises going into effect,” Director Potter said. “The ones who receive their raises this week will see an even larger check in two weeks.”

Gov. Kenneth Mapp ordered all the raises he recently granted to Government employees be retroactive to January 1, 2016 and any retroactive monies will be reflected on the paycheck that follows the salary increase.

Potter said that a group of employees represented by Our Virgin Islands Labor Union also received a $1,000 stipend last week as the administration works to fulfill contractual obligations and bring them up to step.

He said that though all raises will be retroactive to January 1, there were some delays in processing salary increases as they had to reach agreements with the various unions representing the territory’s workers.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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