(Tamuning, Guam) - Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Health & Human Services, Health Insurance Reform, Economic Development, and Senior Citizens issues the following statement after voting “NO” on the proposed FY 2015 Government of Guam Budget.
“Today I voted ‘no’ on the Fiscal Year 2015 Government of Guam Budget submitted by Governor Calvo, modified and passed by my colleagues in the 32nd Guam Legislature.
My opposition is rooted in the fact that this budget bill sacrificed $3M in provisions for tax refunds and set it aside to grow our government with new hires. Before hiring more employees, we should make good on our obligations to current employees in government services, especially at GMH and other agencies where increments and other prior year obligations are still owed. The pattern of treating some of our public sector employees as “second-class” employees must end.
“Where are our priorities? When a business is faced with shortfalls, management prioritizes the mission then rolls up their sleeves and finds the ways and means to get more done with less. If it requires belt tightening they do so. If it requires making difficult choices and implementing tough policies they do so.
Our priorities should be to fund critical health programs such as MIP and Medicaid. Our priorities should be making whole ALL employees by paying them what they are owed. Our priorities should be paying our private providers and vendors on time. Appropriating $3M to hire more government employees is a misguided priority at this time and sends the wrong message.”
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On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Senator Rodriguez was invited to participate in a celebration with the Guam Judiciary where several individuals who completed the Adult Drug Court Program were recognized for the accomplishment.
Sen. Rodriguez addressed the graduates and shared some words saying "Today you are living, breathing examples of the experience.... Strength....and hope so badly needed by so many others who are faced with the same struggles that you once knew.
Remember that addiction is blind to social, economic, racial, religious, and ethnic boundaries. Anyone of any class, or means, or race, or creed, or ethnicity can find themselves on the same hopeless path that once defined your lives.
Today is huge milestone in your personal lives. This is your day."
Congratulations to all the Graduates of the Adult Drug Court!
For the address in its entirety, see more.
Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman on Health and Economic Development will be holding a public hearing on Bill 381-32, an act to establish the Anesthesiologist Assistant Act and an Informational Hearing to receive an update by the Guam Economic Development Authority of all projects funded by the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Bond on August 7, 2014 (Thursday), 1:00 P.M. at the Guam Legislature Public Hearing Room.
Bill 381-32 is a measure that would establish the practice of Anesthesiologist Assistant by designating the Guam Board of Medical Examiners as the governing body, which will have full regulatory purview and administrative authority over the licensure and conduct of anesthesiologist assistants. Senator Rodriguez worked closely with Guam's medical community in drafting this legislation. The establishment of the allied healthcare practice of anesthesiologist assistant will positively benefit the community by expanding the delivery of surgical services as well as other procedures requiring anesthesia.
The HOT Bond projects are capital improvement projects that uses proceeds from the H.O.T. Revenue Limited Obligation Bonds to fund the building of Guam's first permanent cultural and educational museum, renovations of historic sites, as well as other community projects. GEDA is responsibile for the execution of the issuance of the bonds and is the lead agency who oversees the program management office. The August 7th hearing will provide the community a status update of all projects, which will include the timelines of construction and completion.