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The first agency the governor and lieutenant governor visited on the first full day of their administration was the Department of Revenue & Taxation. They met with key DRT staffers and toured the Barrigada Heights facility.

It's no coincidence that DRT was their first choice to visit. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said tax collection would be a top priority, and she has no problem spending a little money to bring in more money.

"So if we hire ten collectors at $40,000 a collector, that's $400,000," she said. "But if you collect $20 million, $30 million, we've already paid for that."

The island's first female chief executive also plans to keep close tabs on the government's financials, and by that, she means on a daily basis.

"My vision is to get reports every day from Rev & Tax, how much are we collecting, I'm going to get reports from DOA," she said. "What is our cash obligations for the day? Are we meeting our cash obligations for the day? I want to make sure that you guys within your departments talk to each other through your technology."

And implementing the administration's priorities will be new DRT director Dafne Shimizu.

"Really, it's about resources," Shimizu said. "That we're putting our resources like I said when we put our resources where focus is and right now its collections, and we really need to focus on collections, we're going to do our best for you governor and the lieutenant governor and for all of our people."

Taxes and tax revenue were also the subject of several bills introduced Monday during the first day of the new legislature. The governor says she supports a bill by Sen. Joe S. San Agustin to clarify the real property tax increase on million dollar or more properties.

But she said two proposals by Sen. James Moylan to roll back in October last year's business privilege tax and liquid fuels tax increases is premature.

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