Guam – During the gubernatorial elections, Lou Leon Guerrero ran on a platform called, “Restoring Faith in Our Future: A Movement for Change.”
How has the governor fared in sticking to her campaign platform? Highlights of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio campaign prioritized getting Guam’s financial house in order with qualified experts. She also promised to:
- Create new industries and good-paying jobs;
- Implement a tax collection program or tax recovery unit;
- Modernize and streamline the Department of Revenue and Taxation;
- Provide support and tax breaks to small businesses;
- Increase the number of police officers in the villages;
- Conduct a wage review for GDOE teachers.
The governor also wanted to increase government transparency and accountability. During her campaign, she was also very clear in terms of her position regarding medicinal marijuana. She said the federal government “should not, cannot and must not” interfere with local medical marijuana statute.”
Since taking office, the Governor has begun the implementation of several initiatives such as pushing forward with an aggressive tax collection program, developed a FY2020 budget with focus on providing funding to critical hires such as teachers, police officers and nurses. She has also made good on a promise to legalize regulated adult-use of cannabis.