Governor insists on $300 million for new hospital

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero speaks during an impromptu news conference in Adelup. (Contributed photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero told senators in her meeting with them Tuesday that she still wants $300 million to build a new public hospital for the island.

The governor and members of the 36th Guam Legislature met in Adelup to discuss the list of priorities sent by the senators with regard to the incoming federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

In its priority list, the Legislature only listed $200 million for the new public hospital although the governor already announced that she would need $300 million.

“We discussed that and I told them that I would still need $300 million. So, no, I’m not in support of their numbers, but certainly in support of their priority also for the hospital,” Leon Guerrero said in a talk with reporters after her meeting with the senators.

She added: “I am very confident that the guidance from the Treasury allows the investment into building the new facility because one of the areas of use for the ARPA money is anything that’s negatively impacted as a result of COVID. And what is more negatively impacted as a result of COVID than the hospital facilities?”