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DOA director fights back about pay raises

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - After two heated hearings before the Guam Legislature Department of Administration director Benita Manglona has taken off the gloves and is fighting back and defending the governor's Hay pay raise plan, which was shoved to the side as the legislature passed its own plan now known as Bill 268 on Saturday - 24 hours after its public hearing.

When Manglona appears before senators it usually ends up heated. Take for example last Friday's hearing on Senator Michael San Nicolas Bill 268 regarding hay pay raises.

The legislature today continued its criticism and call for more detailed information from Manglona to determine where the funding will come from and how much each agency will need to come up with to pay the hay pay raises. Speaker Judi Won Pat in her address today said, "We need to know the breakdown of the cost from agency-to agency, so we can ensure there won't be any shortfalls, and that critical services will not be negatively impacted. It's the most prudent thing to do."

The DOA director today issued her own address calling the legislature's recent public hearing a "dog and pony show". She added when the Hay pay plan was implemented four years ago there was no money for it but yet the legislature approved it in 2010 with no questions asked and no hearings were held. She added they approved the plan despite the government's finances in a state of crisis.

Manglona said, "Speaker Won Pat, in her latest weekly radio address, says that the Legislature wants to avoid a shortfall by ensuring our plan to pay wages doesn't go through. My fellow Guamanians - you and I know that these senators have never prevented a shortfall in their lives. It was their irresponsible financial policies that led to the $330 million deficit that we had to clean. Their over-projection of revenues and reckless appropriations caused the shortfall of $280 million in tax refunds that we had to fix. And now that we have solved the problems they created, they are all of a sudden credible in the financial management of this government?"

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