Senators’ actions threaten education, safety services
July 28, 2018
Hagåtña — Eleven days ago, 11 Senators voted to repeal a law that helped fill a $145 million gap in General Fund revenues – without providing a solution for the community.
Public Law 34-87 provided a pathway to financial stability for the government, $30 million in a dedicated funding for source for the Guam Memorial Hospital and $10 million for the Department of Education.
The 11 senators who voted to strip away a funding solution are: Sens. Tom Ada, Frank Aguon, Fernando Estevez, Regine Lee, Telena Nelson, Jim Espaldon, Dennis Rodriguez, Joe San Agustin, Mike San Nicolas, Mary Torres, and Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje. Their decisions will derail the economy and leave the next Governor and Legislature presiding over the ashes.
The Legislature has five weeks left to pass a budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and without a funding source to fill the revenue gap created by federal tax cuts it’s unclear how they propose to fund government jobs and services.
But don’t take our word for it:
“We are concerned the bill would not only place the continuance of the university in jeopardy, but also the education of our island (and) the safety of our community would be placed at risk.”
— University of Guam President Robert Underwood
One of the Legislature’s two jobs is passing a budget. Contact the Senators today and tell them that the Legislature needs to pass a responsible budget.
Speaker BJ Cruz: 477-2520/1; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje: 472-3586; email@example.com
Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee: 472-3455; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Thomas Ada: 473-3301/02; email@example.com
Sen. Joe S. San Agustin: 989-5445; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Telena Cruz Nelson: 989-4678; email@example.com
Sen. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas: 472-6453; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.: 649-8638/0511; email@example.com
Sen. Frank B. Aguon: 475-4861/2; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. James Espaldon: 475-4546; email@example.com
Sen. Tommy Morrison: 478-8669; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Mary Torres: 475-6279; email@example.com
Sen. Louise B. Muna: 969-9852/9853; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Wil Castro: 969-1225/6; email@example.com
Sen. Fernando B. Esteves: 969-3376; firstname.lastname@example.org