by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo plans to pay out the remaining money owed to law enforcement officers by the end of next month. The payment is for salaries that weren't fully implemented when public law authorized a 40% raise for law enforcement officers. The Calvo Administration has already paid half of what is owed. The other half is pending.
"We’re preparing to make that payment by the end of August. We’re 70 percent done identifying the money for that. Once we make that payment, the only balance left will be for adjustments to things like night differential, overtime, hazard pay, and retirement," Governor Calvo stated in his weekly address.
According to Governor Calvo the balance of the retro payment for salaries alone is $10 million.
He added this payment represents the last of the empty promises for the past two decades. "At the end of the day, what comes from this is that an empty promise becomes a promise that’s fulfilled. It brings the government one step closer in trust to the people it serves. There is no dollar figure you can put on that," Calvo stated.
Governor Calvo's address: http://youtu.be/y3LQqurDSTw