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Calvo finds common ground with Obama

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo found the president's address interesting considering they seem to have some things in common. For example both seek to build a united community that's focused on strengthening the ties of education and the workforce.   The governor says he's hopeful Obama's proposal for a free college education is able to garner the support and funding to become a reality that includes Guamanian Americans. He is also hoping the president ensures Guam is included and funded as he looks at lowering the burden on our working families through his proposals for tax reforms such as the child tax credit.

He wrote, “It's interesting because while we stand on different sides of the political aisle, the President and I seem to have some things in common. We both seek to build a united community that is focused on strengthening the ties of education and the workforce, and making technology a part of that education.

We also understand the importance of setting politics aside; and respecting and working with our partners in the legislative branch of the government and in the private sector.

I am hopeful his proposal for a free college education is able to garner the support and funding to become a reality that includes Guamanian Americans. I've always said that education is the key to a brighter future for individuals and our community as a whole — that's why I pushed for a universal Pre-Kindergarten program, and presented Guam DOE with the Common Core Curriculum. Both of these programs will help build the skilled and educated workforce essential to growing a strong economy and improving the quality of life for everyone.

I'm also hoping the President ensures Guam is included as he looks at lowering the burden on our working families through tax reform, and promoting trade in the Asia Pacific region. Guam has been saddled with the unfunded federal mandates in the past. This cannot continue with other tax-related items such as the child tax credit.

As we talk about building industry and trade, we will continue to work with the Obama administration to relax certain requirements that are economically stifling for Guam. I'd hope the Obama administration would see the value of freeing up regulations related to sea and air transportation, such as visa requirements between Guam and China.

I eagerly await the details of these policy packages as they are rolled out and look forward to working with Congresswoman Bordallo to ensure Guam benefits from these changes.”

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