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Lawmakers await supplemental authorization

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - With the Calvo Administration expected to submit a $30 million supplemental authorization act request to lawmakers this week, Finance and Taxation Committee chairman Senator Ben Pangelinan says he hopes the fiscal team identifies how they intend to collect cash to support the additional authorization they're seeking.

As for the government's revenues changing from what was initially given to lawmakers, Pangelinan maintains it was the administration that certified that the original figures were accurate and correct. "If they're wrong, we're not wrong it's they're wrong...those numbers were not stamped draft at all. those reports were not stamped draft those reports were certified true and correct by the director of Administration, by the director of Revenue & Taxation and the director of BBMR," he said.

"If the governor is saying that's not good enough anymore, then I don't know what's good enough anymore. What can we rely on?"

Senator Pangelinan added that the Administration can blame its predecessors on the government's financial condition but he says eventually the governor and his fiscal team will have to account for the decisions they're making.  He adds lawmakers are still waiting on detailed budgets from GovGuam agencies that were promised by April 15 as the balancing act for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget will begin in the coming weeks.

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