Speaker’s FY18 budget is now law after senators overrode the Governor’s veto with a vote of 11-4.
Guam – Senators overrode Governor Calvo’s veto of the fiscal year 2018 budget by a vote of 11-4. This budget spends $34 million less than the Governor’s proposed bill.
The Governor vetoed the measure saying that the budget cuts would negatively affect government operations. The Governor also issued a statement via a press release in response to the override of the measure saying the Legislature’s budget is “fraught with errors” and fails Guamanians by shortchanging public safety and neglecting the economy.
“I cannot hide my deep disappointment in the senators’ decision, but we’re now past how I feel about this, and it’s time to move forward,” said Governor Calvo adding, “The Legislature has spoken, and it’s my duty to respect and carry out the law. This Administration will continue to fight the good fight. We will work to make sure our people are taken care of, even if the budget makes it harder to do so.”
The Governor also commended the four Senators who voted against the measure namely Wil Castro, Frank Aguon Jr., Telena Nelson and Mike San Nicolas.
Speaker B.J. Cruz responded to the override with a release of his own in which he committed to working with Adelup despite the recent contention over the budget. The Speaker said in part “Each of us wants to give every agency the tools they need to succeed. If we achieve greater collections than the FY18 Budget Act projects, and if those additional collections are committed to sound priorities, I won’t stand in your way. I will stand at your side.”