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;
Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje: 472-3586;
Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee: 472-3455;
Sen. Thomas Ada: 473-3301/02;
Sen. Joe S. San Agustin: 989-5445;
Sen. Telena Cruz Nelson: 989-4678;
Sen. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas: 472-6453;
Sen. Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.: 649-8638/0511;
Sen. Frank B. Aguon: 475-4861/2;
Sen. James Espaldon: 475-4546;
Sen. Tommy Morrison: 478-8669;
Sen. Mary Torres: 475-6279;
Sen. Louise B. Muna: 969-9852/9853;
Sen. Wil Castro: 969-1225/6;
Sen. Fernando B. Esteves: 969-3376;

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