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Senators vote on budget

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A week after discussion in the Committee of the Whole, lawmakers finally hit the voting file on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal this afternoon. Substituted Bill 269 calls for a total General Fund revenue appropriation at $648 million with a provision for tax refunds at $118 million. The measure passed with 12 'yes' votes and two 'against' by Senators Dennis Rodriguez Jr. and Michael San Nicolas. Rodriguez says his objection was over funding set aside to hire new employees in certain government agencies. He instead wanted to use some of that money to pay the nearly $1.6 million owed to GMH employees in increments. San Nicolas meanwhile says his no vote stemmed from several reasons including "the risk of tax credits eroting budgets for education and health" along wanting the revenue projections to be more conservative.
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