Guam Republican Senators issued a release Thursday, calling for Governor Lou Leon Guerrero to prioritize paying out the remaining tax refunds for residents.
In their release, GOP Senators Telo Taitague, Louise Muna, James Moylan, and William Castro say they introduced Resolution No. 321-35 (COR) urging Adelup to immediately pay out more than 4,000 tax refunds that remain outstanding – to help families across Guam who are struggling to buy food and medicine, and make payment on rent, vehicle and other personal loans.
The release states that, with 2,500 employees laid off and more than 3,600 working less hours due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Resolution No. 321-35 (COR) calls on the governor to issue tax refunds using $125 million the legislature provided in the FY 2020 Budget Act (Public Law 35-36), which prioritizes tax refunds before any other appropriation.
“Although federal funding for displaced workers has been approved by Congress, the governor has stated that Guam will need at least two to three weeks to roll out our local Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. Because there are families out there who can’t wait two or three weeks for help, this government can actually provide them some financial relief by getting tax refunds into their hands now,” said Minority Leader, Taitague.