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Tension high between Adelup & Hagatna over pay raises

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - For GovGuam employees waiting on word on hay pay raises, you could have an answer in the next 48 hours.  Hay pay raises no doubt have caused ill will between Hagatna and Adelup.

There were two plans: Adelup's, which the Democrats placed to the side because of a lack of specifics and Bill 268 introduced and passed by the Democrats last Saturday. The bill locked in this Sunday as the implementation date - with the caveat that the governor must submit a cost breakdown of how hay pay raises would be funded.

Governor Eddie Calvo said, "February 9. Time is ticking!"  Governor Calvo earlier this week called Bill 268 an "abomination", and as of today hasn't changed his opinion.  "I'm looking forward in the next two days in moving forward in a veto but with that veto moving forward with the process and getting these checks to our workers. I'm hopeful," he said.

"The Democratic majority will not initiate any type of mischievousness such as a court action - all this will do is eliminate the opportunity for people to get paid what they deserve," Calvo added.

Following up on DOE director Benita Manglona's special address earlier this week to defend the governor's Hay pay raise plan, Calvo continued to drive home the point that Bill 268 would be more expensive to implement as opposed to his plan. "We've been very clear and we've provided all the information that our costs is about half the bill that they have passed and acted; again, it will not be the fiscally prudent thing to do, so I'm hoping with the democrats now that after seeing the facts they can calm down and not get emotional and look just strictly on logic on the equity of both unclassified and classified and to the affordability of the taxpayers," he said.

The Democrats however as of this afternoon were still waiting for 30,000 pages worth of documents related to the governor's Hay plan. But even if and when they receive the information, the island's chief executive maintains its well within his legal authority to move forward with his plan even without their approval. "As far as our lawyers are we've looked at it and again with a veto and after that veto unless of course there's an override. I've talked to the republicans they see how very bad the bill was, and that they would go along also with sustaining the veto. After that, we can fully implement the hay as presented by the hay group and the Department of Administration," he said.

All the Republican senators who were present during Saturday's vote on Bill 268, voted against the legislation, in order for an override to succeed the Democrats will need a Republican to change his mind. Barring that, "We do fully anticipate that there will be a Valentine's Day that many GovGuam employees will be happy about," the governor projected.

Senator Michael San Nicolas meanwhile says he'll wait for the governor to officially take action on his bill and from there the Guam Legislature will determine what the next course of action will be. He adds that the right thing for our people is reflective in Bill 268 and if the governor plows forward with his plan, then the Legislature will need to reevaluate exactly the consequences with his plan moving forward and how they'll respond.

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