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Governor's Weekly Radio Address - Apr 4

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Tax Refunds

By Eddie Baza Calvo

Today, I'm going door to door in the community. I want to know, first-hand, what your problems are and how Ray and I can help you. This is a government of, by and for you. You are my boss. You own the government, and you hired me to administer it. Ray and I will never forget that we come from you, that we work for you, and that we have an obligation to be with you.

If the calls I address at the Governor's Office are any indication of the problems we'll see in the community, then poverty is our biggest problem.  

I've seen the statistics of what our people are living through. Many of you are struggling to pay the rent or the mortgage. Some of you are behind in your car payments and your credit cards. Many are living in substandard conditions in multi-family homes. Some of people don't have power or water. Our Manamko struggle every month to afford their prescriptions. There aren't many doctors taking MIP and Medicaid, so the hospital is filled to the hilt.

As leaders, we can't address poverty sincerely if we never face it. I want to see the faces of the suffering and hear their concerns. I want to talk to the families living with their relatives because they have no where else to go. I want to see the homes without power where less fortunate children rush their homework before the sun goes down. Do you need a streetlight? Are there police patrols going through your neighborhood? Do you need a speed bump? Where's the nearest park for your family to get together... and for children to play? Ray and I want to hear your ideas and involve you in the decision-making process.

I do know a solution that will affect nearly the entire island will be the release of tax refunds. This government owes you hundreds of millions of dollars.  It has been 20 years since this government paid refunds on time.  A lot of people suffered with the late refund of their money during those 20 years.

My administration will be introducing legislation, proposing a bond to pay for tax refunds completely.  This will provide much-needed help to Guam's families, and inject much-needed money into the economy. Imagine what this can do for you. You can catch up on your bills. You can have enough for your medical care or your children's birthdays. Your family, neighbors and friends will be better off. So will you.

But we need your help to make this happen.  Call your senators.  Call your elected leaders.  Let them know how much you need your refunds.  Remind them how much you deserve them.

Too long this government has been using your money to keep its doors open.  No more.  With your support, we can end this practice, once and for all.  You have my commitment: this administration will do everything necessary to get your tax refunds to you.  No one should have to wait to be sick, or wait for the collection company to call just to get a tax refund-it isn't the government's money in the first place.

Along the campaign trail, I met with thousands of families.  It was a wonderful experience.  Ray and I, Notch and Christine-we all got to connect intimately with you.  We met your children, and found out what they want to be when they grow up.  We met your mother, who goes to dialysis three times a week.  We also met you: the brave Guamanian, who just needs an opportunity to succeed... a little break from your troubles. You just want a government that cares and helps just enough... gives that extra nudge of support... to help you get to where you need to be.

Saina Ma'ase yan Si Yu'os en Fan'binendisi.

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