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Aguon wants merit bonuses for Judiciary

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Following the payout of $1.3 million dollars in merit bonuses to Department of Education employees last week, Senator Frank Aguon, Jr. is once again asking for help in paying out bonuses owed to employees of the Judiciary of Guam.

Aguon, who has oversight of the Judiciary, wrote to Governor Eddie Calvo and appropriations chair senator Ben Pangelinan to help identify funds necessary to pay about $1.1 million owed to Judiciary employees.

Court policy, planning and communications director Josh Tenorio says he appreciates the advocacy adding the judiciary is the only branch that has yet to be paid. "So we're in a situation where we do need some the other branches to come in and provide us a solution to remove the disparity that now has been created with the classified employees here at the court so we look forward to any discussion there are with the executive branch and the Legislature," he said.

The governor's deputy press secretary Phil Leon Guerrero meanwhile says while the Judiciary is a separate branch of government, the Administration supports any initiative to pay those hard working employees. "And we don't have direct control over their finances and we do encourage them and it's certainly, the solution is within the Legislature for them if they need extra money, $1.1 million for bonuses, its budget season and the legislature can certainly budget for that."

In his letter, Aguon says his office stands ready should legislation be necessary to pay out these merit bonuses.

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