(Hagatna, Guam) Guam Memorial Hospital proponents are eager to make the case for transformative projects at tomorrow’s public hearing on Bill 340. They will be pushing for senators to amend this bill and include the funding for GMH construction and modernization.
Sen. Rodriguez’s bill will authorize a financing package that refinances some of Guam’s existing debts and saves money. The package also will authorize $30 million to pay off what GMH owes to several companies. The governor’s team is asking senators to include GMH construction and modernization projects as part of the financing package that this bill will authorize.
None of these proposals include any tax or fee increases. That is a separate discussion.
While public support is building for the hospital’s 3-pronged plan of action, the Governor especially encourages those “who are apprehensive about the proposal to testify so we may answer your questions and concerns.”
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, the bill’s author, scheduled the public hearing to start at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 18 so more people could attend or watch the hearing. “We’re very grateful that Sen. Rodriguez is trying to get as much public discussion going about this proposal as possible,” Governor Calvo said.
“We’re asking for big changes and big investments, so it’s important that we hear people’s concerns and answer their questions. We answered a lot of the financial concerns from senators during last week’s hearing. Tomorrow our team will push to include the modernization projects in Sen. Rodriguez’s financing bill.”
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