Looking back at the governor’s platform

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Despite the success of the U.S. territories' response to COVID-19, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said they have been included in a High-Level Risk list rather than used as examples for states to follow. (PNC file photo)

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.

 

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.