Guam - District Court judge Consuelo
Marshall has ordered the government to deposit three $3 million by December 3.
The money is needed to fund 39 personnel positions that the court has deemed
necessary. That money actually was the
subject of quite a bit of debate several months ago when Senator Ben Pangelinan
introduced a measure seeking to re-appropriate that money and give it to the
University of Guam and the Guam Community College.
The governor, however, vetoed the
measure, expressing concerns that taking that money away from the most
vulnerable in the community would not be a wise decision and that the money
could be ordered by the court at any time.
That time has come and Judge Marshall noted that the government has
continued to set aside at least $3 million for purposes of the amended
permanent injunction and plan of action through Substitute Bill 426, the budget
bill that was signed into law back in September.
Governor's communications director
Troy Torres says the Calvo Administration is pleased it did not bend to
political whims and it is a really good thing they stuck with what they knew
was the truth, that the court could order the deposit of that money any day.
December 3 meanwhile is the date the
authority of Mental Health is supposed to be transferred back to the agency
from the federal management team.