by Nick Delgado
Guam - Reacting to the increase of the price at the pumps, Vice Speaker BJ Cruz introduced legislation to authorize the creation of a discounted fuel purchase program for GovGuam employees and retirees at no cost to the government. Bill 166 authorizes the Governor to enter into contracts with any business to provide a group discounted liquid fuel purchase program for retirees, annuitants, and employees of GovGuam.
The measure specifically forbids the government from making any private fuel purchases, and does not preclude the governor from negotiating with private sector employers to expand the program. Cruz states, "The fact that the Hay Study pay recommendations for government workers were suspended, it only seems reasonable that we find ways to provide some relief in light of the increasing cost of living."
Senator Tina Muna Barnes is also a co-sponsor of the legislation.