Guam - While the Government of Guam will seek an extension to paying court-ordered payments to the federal management team for the amended permanent injunction, local resident Arnold "Dave" Davis has asked Judge Consuelo Marshall to hold GovGuam's feet to the fire.
In a letter to the judge, Davis, a retired military officer, states, "I am angered and sickened by the way the Government of Guam and Guam residents depend almost entirely upon us mainland taxpayers for financial support." He goes on to detail national statistics regarding Guam's welfare, food stamp and other federal benefits ratios and public education ranking among the worst in the nation, rampant drug abuse, unreliable transportation, and the list goes on.
Davis is hoping the judge won't succumb to what he calls "GovGuam's whining", and hold the line on the financial responsibility front.
He added local politicians "have historically refused to consider generations of additional revenue through even modest tax increases...they have little interest in anything beyond their own political and personal financial agendas."
The federal management team has agreed to ask Judge Marshall for a 60-day extension to the current payment schedule.