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Bill signed granting pay raises for directors, elected leaders

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Just in time for the holidays, Acting Governor Ray Tenorio put pen to paper today on legislation that would give Government of Guam directors and elected leaders their hay pay raises.  

It's a good week for the public sector. Not only were tax refunds paid out on Monday and GovGuam has the day off on Black Friday, but now cabinet members and elected leaders like the governor, lt. Governor, senators, the public auditor and the attorney general will get their hay pay raise. "I think it's important that we have clarity and parity across the board when it comes to compensation," said Tenorio.

The measure would implement the Competitive Wage Act for the salaries of cabinet members and elected leaders. These positions were excluded when hay pay raises were approved earlier this year. "We need to have a little more common sense that applies to the compensation and the Hay study, and the Hay Group did this research and found the disparities are there,
 he added.


Under the new law, the governor's salary would increase from $90,000 to $130,000 with the lt. Governor increasing from $85,000 to $110,000. Senators would see their salary increase from $65,000 to $85,000. The attorney general would increase from $109,000 to $128,000 with the public auditor from $100,000 to $110,000. "But I'd rather see our teachers get a raise rather than seeing he elected officials who make way more than the teachers, I think the teachers have very important job," stated Chalan Pago resident Bria Henrick, one of several residents who doesn't think directors and elected leaders deserve a raise as much as other employees do.

The same goes for Mike Quintanilla from Agat who says it may be too soon after the election, noting, "The directors, the departmental workers supervisors, I agree, but as far as senators are concerned, they are our lawmakers, they should give other people a raise before them."

The measure also gives these cabinet members and elected leaders retroactive payments dated back to January. While DOA noted during session that it may cost about half a million dollars for the Executive Branch retro, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz tells KUAM News his office did an analysis inclusive of the judiciary and senators estimating it to be close to $1 million instead.

Jeff Mindo from Tamuning believes the raise is fair, saying, "But personally I feel the government is doing well and if its been some time since they've received their last pay raises, I believe it's fair. My opinion with the retro pay, I may feel a little bit differently about that, but in general if starting next year, should all the politicians receive their pay raises I believe that will be fair."

Senators passed the bill by majority vote in just a few hours after Acting Governor Tenorio called them into session. Senator Michael Limtiaco was the only lawmaker to vote against its passage while Senators Tom Ada, Michael San Nicolas and Dennis Rodriguez Jr. were not present.
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