The Pacific Daily News would like to get your thoughts on the governor's proposed spending cuts:

•Will you support the governor's early retirement program proposal, which his administration believes will result in $15M to $35M in annual spending cuts?  Do you have an alternative solution or solutions? Please elaborate your answer in two paragraphs.

Unless the PDN was privy to the details of Governor Calvo's early retirement program proposal, it is difficult and premature to comment on plans which provide for a good sound bite, but are put forth without sufficient details.  Nevertheless, I must state that I will not support any attempts to weaken the solvency of the Government of Guam Retirement Fund.  I also will not support any efforts which could once again result in a "brain drain" of experienced personnel in our government.  The early retirement program initiated in the 90's has caused the opposite affect of its intended purpose.  It is no secret that most of our government entities are operating at bare minimum.  Take for example the Division of Environmental Health at the Department of Public Health & Social Services.  At this time, there is only 1 health inspector tasked to ensure the safety of over four thousand of health regulated establishments. This inspector will be eligible for early retirement.  Imagine the havoc this will cause.

Tomorrow, August 01, 2012, Senator Dennis Rodriguez Jr., will be holding a Public Hearing on Bill 461-31 (COR)- An Act to add Article 23 to Title 10 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 12, Part 2 relative to the creation of Guam Social Work Practice Act. The Committee invites the community to partake and express reactions and comments related to the subject matter. All Testimonies must be addressed to Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman, and may be submitted via hand-delivery to our office or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Earlier this month, Senator Rodriguez participated in the 7th Annual Ambassador and Consuls General Tour of the Philippines. In addition to the tour, Senator Rodriguez visited with patients from Guam in St. Luke's Medical Center and The Medical City.  The senator also met with medical specialits and hospital administrators to begin communication for future collaborations and visits to Guam.

"Though it was under unfortunate circumstances, it was a pleasure to meet with patients from Guam who were in the Philippines receiving treatment.  I was able to listen to their concerns and bring them a little piece of home, as many of them have been there for extended periods of time.  The visit was a reminder of all the work that needs to be done to improve our local healthcare system and I stand committed to doing just that," stated Senator Rodriguez. 

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Senator Rodriguez with Guam patient at St. Luke's Global City

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Senator Rodriguez with doctors and administrators from St. Luke's Global City

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Senator Rodriguez with Dr. Vista, Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

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Senator Rodriguez with doctors and administrators of The Medical City 

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