Guam DOE ARRA Funds Will Be Spent; Governor Signs Senator Pangelinan’s Bill 103 Into Law

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Guam -Governor Eddie Calvo today signed into law a bill that will allow Guam DOE to re-direct $60-million in ARRA funding to pay salaries and benefits for DOE employees and help make up for the current cash shortfall.

The ARRA funds were initially meant for infrastructure improvements but Guam DOE was in danger of losing the funding because the contracts had not been awarded.

U.S.DOE gave its approval for re-directing the funds and Senator Ben Panglenian introduced Bill 103 to allow it to happen.

The measure however requires GovGuam to appropriate an equal amount in the future for infrastructure improvements for the island’s school, as originally intended by the ARRA grant.

Superintendent Nerissa Underwood said the measure ensures that all of the ARRA funds will be used for the benefit of Guam’s students.

Governor Calvo thanked Senator Pangelinan for sponsoring the legislation and said he had invited the Senator to the signing ceremony. Senator Pangelinan however was not present.

The Governor also signed a bill authorizing public health to issue rules and regulations governing sanitary conditions at health regulated establishments. That was Bill 137 which was introduced by Senators Dennis Rodriguez and Tony Ada.

And the Governor signed off on Senator Tom Ada’s Bill 142 which provides an extension for spending funds to repair the island’s public school buses and other emergency vehicles.

2011.05.16.KK.BILL SIGNS

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GOVERNOR EDDIE CALVO TODAY SIGNED INTO LAW A BILL THAT WILL ALLOW GUAM D-O-E TO RE-DIRECT $60-MILLION IN ARRA FUNDING TO PAY SALARIES AND BENEFITS FOR D-O-E EMPLOYEES AND HELP MAKE UP FOR THE CURRENT CASH SHORTFALL.//

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THE ARRA FUNDS WERE INITIALLY MEANT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS BUT GUAM D-O-E WAS IN DANGER OF LOSING THE FUNDING BECAUSE THE CONTRACTS HAD NOT BEEN AWARDED.// U-S DOE GAVE ITS APPROVAL FOR RE-DIRECTING THE FUNDS AND SENATOR BEN PANGLENIAN INTRODUCED BILL 103 TO ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN.// THE MEASURE HOWEVER REQUIRES GOVGUAM TO APPROPRIATE AN EQUAL AMOUNT IN THE FUTURE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE ISLAND’S SCHOOL.// SUPERINTENDENT  NERISSA UNDERWOOD SAID THE MEASURE ENSURES THAT ALL OF THE ARRA FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF GUAM’S STUDENTS.///

SOUND BITE:   DR. NERISSA UNDERWOOD / DOE SUPERINTENDENT   33 SEC
IN:     4:24″OUR BACKS WERE AGAINST THE WALL…”:
OUT: 4:57″…THE FELXIABILITY.”

SOUND BITE:  EDDIE CALVO// GOVERNOR OF GUAM             25 SEC
IN:       6:28″AND OF COURSE USING THE ARRA FUNDS FOR PERSONNEL COSTS…”
OUT:   6:53″…WANT TO THANK HIM.”

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THE GOVERNOR ALSO SIGNED A BILL AUTHORIZING PUBLIC HEALTH TO ISSUE RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING SANITARY CONDITIONS AT HEALTH REGULATED ESTABLISHMENTS…THAT WAS BILL 137 INTRODUCED BY SENATORS DENNIS RODRIGUEZ AND TONY ADA.// AND THE GOVERNOR SIGNED OFF ON SENATOR TOM ADA’S BILL 142 WHICH PROVIDES AN EXTENSION FOR SPENDING FUNDS TO REPAIR THE ISLAND’S PUBLIC SCHOOL BUSES AND OTHER EMERGENCY VEHICLES.###