All-RISE cap exceeded but Adelup will shoulder excess; all valid claims to be paid

All-RISE applicants line up in the Department of Revenue and Taxation main office in Barrigada. (PNC file photo)

The All-RISE program is wrapping up with virtually all valid applications processed and paid.

According to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, the $30 million cap for the program has been exceeded but she said Adelup will shoulder the excess money.

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“I think we’re just about done on the $30 million, we did exceed the $30 million, but we’re going to pay out all the valid applications,” the governor said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

When asked how much the excess amount was, the governor said they still can’t give a definitive figure because there are still some applications that are pending. But she estimated that the excess to the $30 million cap wouldn’t exceed $10 million.

“I am not going to not help our people. That’s not my style. You know, I am always going to help our people if and when we have the resources. And if we don’t, we’re going to try and get the resources as best as we can, working with our partners,” Leon Guerrero said.

She added: “I want the people of Guam to know that the government is there to help them through safety nets, through social service programs, through health care programs, through public safety, and through education.”

The governor also praised Department of Revenue and Taxation director Dafne Shimizu and her staff for pulling off the almost impossible task of processing the All-RISE applications in a timely manner.

“They were able to stand up and complete the program in just about three weeks. I think they did a great job,” the governor said.