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Guam - As the campaign season swings into full gear, another political flap has kicked up between the Administration and the Legislature.
Its about the pay cuts the Administration has imposed on itself, and the suggestion that the Legislature should do the same.
This latest dust-up over the budget crisis began with Senator Rory Respicio's published remarks that the pay cuts the Administration imposed on itself last year have been reversed. Not true says Administration Communications Director Troy Torres.
Senator Respico explains that his claim that the cuts were reversed was based on documents provided by the Administration itself.
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And that document is the issue says Respicio, the Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Staffing Chart which shows no change in the salaries of Administration employees and it also shows a salary of $82-thousand dollars being paid to former Chief of Staff George Bamba, as well as another salary being paid to current Chief of Staff Frank Arriola.
SEE the Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Staffing Chart HERE
PNC News contacted George Bamba on the phone and he told us that he has not received any salary from GovGuam since the Calvo Administration took over and the only reason why his name was carried over on the staffing chart was because he carried over his leave into the new Administration only so that he could continue his long term disability benefits under the Administration's plan until he transitioned to the Retirement Fund's insurance plan.
Bamba however did say that his name should have been removed from the staffing chart last year, once that transition to the Retirement Fund plan had been completed.
Torres responds that the staffing document Senator Respicio referred to is not a cash spending document, and it does not reflect the actual cuts and or salaries paid to Administration staff, which Torres says is his point. The Administration has made the sacrifice and he suggested perhaps lawmakers should do the same.
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