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Senators want more on supplemental budget

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - It seems senators from both sides of the aisle at the Guam Legislature need more clarification on the Calvo Administration's supplemental budget request. Adelup contends its needs an additional $36 million to keep the government running from July through September.

Minority leader Senator Frank Blas, Jr. said, "I'll be working with of course the administration officials to clarify and verify whether or not these dollars actually exist its one thing to say we anticipate that money to be there its another to say the dollars actually exist there." And Speaker Judi Won Pat added, "Because although he said these other departments these autonomous agencies were going to make some contribution as required by and existing mandate, the problem is that we don't know how much from each one."

In the supplemental budget submission to senators, Adelup identified areas it plans to tap to come up with the money including using $7.6 million of the hay appropriation, $4.6 million in federal reimbursements, and another $2.1 million they contend will be collected from the Autonomous Agency Collection Fund from the Port Authority and the Guam Power Authority, to name a few.

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