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Limtiaco introduces bill halting senatorial raises

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - As thousands of GovGuam employees feel some love today from the implementation of the governor's Hay pay raise plan, Senator Michael Limtiaco breaks the news to his colleagues about Bill 276.

"I'm hoping Bill 276 is met with the same expediency as Bill 268," he said. Following Governor Eddie Calvo's veto of the Democrat-backed Hay pay raise Bill 268, Limtiaco introduced Bill 276 this morning. The legislation would officially stop the implementation of raises for senators under the governor's Hay pay plan. More importantly it would delink senatorial salary increases to judges in the Superior Court of Guam.

"So basically it will eliminate the potential for another automatic pay increase that happened back in 2010 and it will set the salaries to what they are today and not to implement the recommendation for the hay pay," he said.

Under the governor's plan senatorial salaries rise from $60,000 a year to $85,000. Several senators - both Democrats and Republicans - have confirmed with KUAM they will not accept the raises. It's all the more reason Limtiaco believes his bill should have the support of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle.

"I don't see why this bill should have any opposition considering all the press release that we're seeing; in fact I think it's the Democrat caucus that came in not in favor of the pay increase. So I should have their support I hope I have all of my colleagues support on it," he said.

This isn't the first time Senator Limtiaco has tried to address the issue connecting senatorial salaries to that of judges. He introduced Bill 30 last year which attempted to roll back the raises they received in 2010 when the law was enacted to link their pay. He eventually withdrew the bill after Senator Michael San Nicolas was successful during a session to change the salary cut from being mandatory to voluntary. As for how Senator San Nicolas feels about Bill 276, he says 'its fine and he supports it." in fact he says it is an opportunity to look at other raises in the hay plan should the override of Bill 268 fail.

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