A number of Senator Rodriguez's Bills and a Resolution was debated and passed in the latest session of the Guam Legislature this month and now await the Governor's approval.

Of significant importance is the passage of Bill 282-33.

Bill 282-33 would establish withholding assessment fee for non-resident person to capture the 4% equivalent of the Business Privilege Tax on contracts awarded by Gov Guam for professional services.

In her testimony, Guam's Public Auditor, Doris Flores Brooks said, "While the amount of potential tax collection is not known, the FY 2014 financial audit of the government of Guam excluding autonomous entities, reported GovGuam spent $159 million in contractual services. Bill 282 attempts to plug a perceived revenue leak and provides the collection mechanism to do so. It also attempts to provide parity for professional services rendered by residents of Guam who pay 4% GRT and non-residents who may not be paying."

This bill, if enacted, will help the government capture revenue that may be used toward vital services in government.

Also passed in session was Resolution 308.  This Resolution was to encourage the Governor of Guam to pursue the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inclusion of Vietnam and the Philippines to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.

This resolution expresses the support of the people of Guam for inclusion to the program and encourages the governor of Guam to act on this opportunity to broaden the visitor industry with an increase from these regions.

Other Bills that passed and are awaiting the Governor's signature are:

Bill 249-33:  An act to mandate the payment of compensation benefits of Animal Control Officers of the Dept. of Agriculture pursuant to P.L. 29-105.

Bill 282-33: Relative to extending the BPT exemptions for Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes so as to promote Early Childhood learning and development opportunities for child care facilities.

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Guam is ready for the 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts!  With over 2,500 Delegates from 27 Countries, we are home to showcase the diversity, strength and unity of our Pacific Island Family!

Come out and join in the Opening Ceremony of Fest Pac on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 5pm at the Paseo Stadium in Hagatna!

Visit www.guamfestpac2016.com for the full review on the schedule of events to last through June 4, 2016!

Together, let us share the pride of our island culture, heritage and history!

Biba Guam!  Biba Fest Pac! 

 

 

 

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