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New commission effort to work with legislature

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - Earlier this week Governor Eddie Calvo signed an executive order establishing the Fiscal Responsibility and Tax Refund Commission. According to the island's chief executive its time to set partisan politics aside.

Calvo told KUAM News, "I think it's important, especially as we move toward the summer months in dealing with the supplemental budget and the biennial budget proposals we put forward to the legislature. Also, in light of our bond initiatives to pay those tax refunds by Christmas it was so important to show transparency and a willingness an openness to work with the legislature."

The Commission was actually an idea by Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, who the governor appointed as co-chair. "The Commission its self should be able look at everything and make recommendations and it will be the combined will of the legislature and the governor implement it maybe some of it will go back to the voters as to whether or not they approve of it, it will be really interesting and I will I am really excited about the idea," he said.

The vice speaker has asked the governor to also include four member of the business community to serve on the Commission. A date for the first meeting is not yet set. Cruz in the meantime will be holding an oversight hearing with DOA next Thursday.

Today he met with acting director Benita Manglona to discuss the expectations for the hearing. He says the main topics to be addressed are the government health insurance contract, the suspension of the implementation of the hay study, prior fiscal year obligations, and the transfer of funds.

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