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Guam - Senator Rory Respicio has sent a past due notice to Governor Eddie Calvo.
In a letter to the Governor the Democratic lawmaker is asking for an overdue report that identifies the budgetary savings and cost avoidances that may have been realized through the governor's recent reorganization efforts.
The senator says this report is required by public law 31-154 which is a result of a bill that he authored. The law requires quarterly reports to the legislature of any cost avoidances and budgetary savings.
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"It seems like according to the Calvo administration every day is transparency day and so happy transparency day again where we have another instance where the Calvo administration refuses to be transparent,” said Senator Respicio adding,"the governor is required to submit to the legislature a quarterly report which he has yet to do and he's three weeks past due, and why this law extremely significant is because the governor can't just keep claiming by press releases that he is saving or he is avoiding spending money and then having those savings or cost avoidances transferred to other agencies in the government of Guam."
Public law 31-154 requires that any of these savings be used to reduce GovGuam's general fund deficit.
READ Senator Respicio's release in FULL below:
Sen. Respicio sends “Past Due Notice” to Adelup
Senator Rory J. Respicio sent a letter to Governor Edward Calvo today, asking for an overdue, legally mandated report that identifies the budgetary savings/cost avoidances that may have been realized through reorganization efforts within the Government of Guam.
Respicio is the author of Bill No. 330-31, which became Public Law 31-154, requiring cost avoidances and budgetary savings to be reported to the
Legislature on a quarterly basis, and that those savings and avoidances be used to reduce the GovGuam General Fund deficit.
“Bill 330-31 passed unanimously,” Sen. Respicio said. “Public Law 31-154 clearly requires that a quarterly report identifying any reorganization savings and cost avoidances must be sent to I Liheslatura. The Governor is three weeks past due in submitting his report, and I have sent him a reminder notice.”
Sen. Respicio said it is unfortunate that this requirement of law is being ignored, at the same time that the Administration is promoting “Transparency Day.”
“I hope the Administration will actually become more transparent in their actions,” Sen. Respicio concluded.
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