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(V. I Consortium) ST. THOMAS — Government House Communications Director Cherie Munchez told The Consortium on Tuesday that she could not say for sure whether government employees would be paid next week, another indication of the territory’s deep financial trouble, which is compounded on many levels — from a structural deficit of over $100 million, to a failing pension system, whose unfunded liability is nearing $4 billion.

On government payroll, Ms. Munchez said, “This obviously is an issue that we work on a regular and daily basis, so we’ll stay there with that.”

Last week, Senator Kurt Vialet said negotiations were ongoing between the the Government of the Virgin Islands and the territory’s two rum companies, for the government to keep all of the $18.2 million in adjusted rum excise tax payments remitted to the G.V.I. late last month by the U.S. Department of Interior.

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