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Senators comment on Calvo's speech

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The reviews are in for Governor Eddie Calvo's fifth State of the Island Address, delivered last night at the Guam Legislature. But along with focusing on building upon the progress his administration has accomplished in his first term and taking Guam to newer heights.

The island's chief executive called on support from the Legislature to hold the federal government accountable for a myriad of unfunded mandates. Governor Calvo laid out his agenda for the next four years, saying, "It's about jobs, jobs, jobs! It's about building a future for our children and their children giving them a proper foundation, a solid foundation on which they can enjoy a prosperous life."

That foundation is already taking shape as Governor Calvo talked about the millions of dollars being pumped into the island's economy from construction of new hotels and other projects, the diversification of the islands tourism market, the military buildup, as well as investments at the airport and the port authority.  But one of the major obstacles the territory faces is the federal government and mandates that are unfunded and simply unfair.

Governor Calvo listed them off such as Compact impact, EITC, the Jones Act and how GovGuam is left to foot the bill to clean up and mitigate the Ordot Dump.  Matter of fact the governor announced that he will resubmit a bill to request authorization to take the feds to court over the dump issue.

Additionally the governor issued an executive order which amends the responsibilities of the Guam First Advisory Commission, which he plans to convene in March to discuss federal issues. "We must come together as elected leaders, we must rise as a people as Guamanians rooted in our community, and in our shared belief that we deserve to be treated equally and with respect and dignity," he said.

The governor call to come together was well received from both sides of the aisle, majority leader Senator Rory Respicio and minority leader Senator Tony Ada.  The former said, "I endorse his speech I'm very happy the governor is going to reconvene the Guam First Commission whether it's an advisory board or whether it's a board that would compel the commission to do something I think most importantly is that the governor realizes there's a need for dialogue." And the latter commented, "I think we need to move forward with one voice, working collectively together so that the people of Guam will always will come out ahead , along with the island. Like they say it's always good for everyone, what's good inside the fence should also be good outside the fence."

You can stream the governor's address, and read the text of the governor's speech.
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