Guam – The Governor’s office has announced that the Guam Medical Association [GMA] is supporting the Governor’s proposed $343 million dollar tax refund bond.
The GMA is the latest in a series of organizations to issue a statement of support for the Governor’s bond proposal.
Other includes the Mayor’s Council*, the Public Auditor, the Guam medical Society, the Guam Realtors Association, and the Guam and Chinese Chambers of Commerce.
* [There was some debate at the Mayor’s meeting today about whether all the Mayor’s actually support the bond].
READ the release from the Governor’s Office in FULL below:
Guam Medical Association Backs Calvo Refund Bond; Doctors and Nurses Say Leaders Should Pay All Past and Current Due Tax Refunds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2011
Yet another important community organization has come out in support of Governor Eddie Baza Calvo’s tax refund bond. Today, the Guam Medical Association sent a letter to the Governor, formally endorsing his proposal to pay all overdue tax refunds to Guamanians.
“Too often, our health care providers are asked to write letters for patients requesting the release of their tax refunds so they can buy medicine or to pay for life saving procedures,” wrote Executive Director Pram Sullivan in the GMA’s endorsement letter to the Governor. “It is the call from patients in need that we realize the importance of tax refunds that are rightfully due to them… we concur with the revised bond borrowing proposal that will ensure all past and current due refunds be realized.”
This letter of support joins the chorus of endorsements from community leaders. These include:
* The Mayors Council of Guam
* Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks (said the plan is workable & viable)
* The Guam Medical Society
* The Guam Association of Realtors
* The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam
* The Guam Chamber of Commerce
“These endorsements come from everywhere in our community. These groups definitely don’t agree on everything. Some groups want higher taxes, others want lower. Some groups want more regulations while others want fewer,” Governor Calvo said. “Yet all these groups, with all their different opinions and political affiliations have come to a consensus: we must pay all overdue tax refunds. That single agreement goes to show this is the right thing to do. It’s what the people want. I hope our senators hear the cries of our working poor and our community leaders. I hope they do the right thing.”