The 2010 Census took up the majority of discussions during today's session as lawmakers are reviewing Bill 116, which would authorize the Government of Guam to recruit current government employees and retirees to help conduct the decennial census. The enumeration process is expected to open up as many as 1,000 jobs, but lawmakers took specific issue with whether these workers would receive benefits.
Bureau of Statistics & Plans Director Tony Lamorena says benefits will be given only to full time positions but enumerators will be paid $16.88 an hour. "What they did was factor the current wages by similar positions here and the fact that they don't pay benefits, so they came out with $16.88," he said. "If you look at it compared to what other survey workers make on Guam, it is substantially higher and its important they factored that in - in lieu of benefits, they increased the salaries."