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Cruz moves ahead with Bill 316 despite Senate vote

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Vice Speaker BJ Cruz says news out of the nation's capital over the minimum wage issue may not appear to bode well for the matter on Guam, but he is still going to move forward with his Bill 316. Cruz says he experienced the same opposition to raising the minimum wage when he introduced similar legislation back in 2006. That proposal saw fruition as the similar measures passed in the US Senate and the US Congress.

"It's unfortunate but we conducted the hearings, we have our testimony now and it will be up to the committee and the legislature to determine what we do it's unfortunate the US Senate decided not to or couldn't pass because now the one thing we thought might be the impetus for moving it forward was the fact that we were going to have to do it anyway, so it is what it is," he said.

He adds despite the opposition, he still believes the minimum wage should be increased adding a recent US Economic Census showed that the economy not only grew 24% between 2007 and 2012 but there was an increase of employees in the private sector by 2.3%. During Bill 316's public hearings, many businesses came out against the bill saying jobs would be lost. Cruz says after this upcoming session, he will push for a vote on Bill 316 on session floor.
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