“The National Council and the Executive Branch are separate branches of government. The National Council legislates, appropriates and approves the annual budget of the Nation. The National Council does not make personnel decisions and is not responsible for decisions made by administration. The National Council passed the Comprehensive Annual Budget for FY 2017 knowing that it COULD impact up to 139 positions within DOH.
In closing, although it was a difficult decision to make, it is our job as Representatives to do the best we can for all citizens when it comes to the finances of the Nation.” -excerpt of letter from MCN National Council Speaker Lucian Tiger to citizens regarding the layoffs within the MCN Department of Health
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