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Supplemental budget expected to be passed

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - The Guam Education Policy Board is expected to pass a resolution on a supplemental budget for the Department of Education during a special meeting this Wednesday.  According to Chairperson Joe San Agustin, DOE may ask the Guam Legislature for $25 million to cover operations.

DOE initially said it needed $48 million to cover operations and prior year obligations, but that amount has since been trimmed down.  "The $25 million would be for operations. You got to remember that the board first approved a $263 million budget and they gave them $196 million. That's about a $68 million shortfall but they're only asking for $25 million. The reason for that is because of the ARRA funds and the additional federal funds that may come to Guam will offset the remaining money that we need," he said.

The meeting takes place this Wednesday at 6pm at the DOE Conference Room in Hagatna.

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