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Residents hope Calvo addresses specific issues

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo will be delivering his second State of the Island Address downtown at the Guam Legislature in Hagatna this evening, as we await to hear of how the actions of his first year in office have affected the quality of life for the people of Guam, KUAM News spoke with several island residents on what some of the most pressing issues they hope to hear in tonight's address.

From improving education and healthcare to boosting the economy to a more cohesive relationship between the Legislature and the Administration, these are just some of the issues several island residents hope to hear tonight as the island's chief executive delivers his Address. Ivan Carbullido says the governor has been transparent not only with his weekly addresses, but with trying to reach out to residents anyway possible. "I want to hear from him that he's doing at the hospital, he already accomplished income tax and I want him to tell us to what more do you need for the Department of Education? We got to inform the people because people talk and talk and talk but if you don't have the beef, the beef is money, this governor can't do anything," he said.

Fulfilling the current obligation of paying back millions of tax refunds is definitely one of the highlights of Governor Calvo's first year in office, but he isn't expected to discuss just a typical list of achievements, but will focus on three key messages of improving services, fighting poverty and building a new economy and the community of the future.

Asan resident Joanna Blas and Latte Heights says that Governor Calvo has a lot on his plate but more should be done. "Well he has accomplished what I see is all this tourism; GVB, which is part of our economy, so with that we need something for our revenue here on Guam, so tourism is one of them." And Vince Atalig concurs, telling KUAM News, "Before we don't have that many people who are homeless, I don't know why we have so many percentage [sic], there's something wrong with the family, there's a family breakdown probably. But whatever the governor suggests, he's our governor and I think we should support him otherwise we are the ones who are suffering."

The address also is set to lay out a very aggressive economic agenda that pulls together government efforts, private sector growth, foreign investment and the federal relationship - something that Dededo resident Art Hameister looks forward to listening to. "[I] haven't heard much about the buildup lately as well and we hear a lot from the federal side, but not much from the GovGuam side," he shared. "Are we still looking at the road services and the hospital as well? So, quite a lot's on the plate, but overall he's done a lot in the first year and I look forward to even more as the year goes by."

Although the governor and legislature have had their share of disagreements, island residents like Dededo's resident Joaquin Sablan feels Governor Calvo has achieved much in his short time in Adelup, but feels more can be done if both branches of government can work harmoniously. He said, "What I really believed in if we're going to go forward, if we're really want to go forward, we need the cooperation of the legislature, that's a priority."

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