More bills filed to appropriate budget surplus


More bills were introduced yesterday to appropriate an estimated $22 million in budget surplus to various projects and GovGuam agencies.

Bill 238-35 (COR), introduced by Sen. Telo Taitague, provides $2 million for village road repairs and gives more resources to the Department of Public Works so the agency can chip away at nearly $800 million worth of road projects outlined in the 2009 Village Streets Master Plan.

Bill 236-35 (COR), introduced by Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, appropriates $1 million to the University of Guam to assist in the control of tuition fee increases and to provide UOG with additional resources to accomplish its goals.

Bill 235-35 (COR), introduced by Sen. San Agustin, appropriates $1 million to the Office of the Attorney General for OAG’s various programs, especially its need to enhance software technology for child support payments and claims.

Bill 234-35 (COR) appropriates $1 million to the Unified Judiciary of Guam to fund the various needs of the Judiciary, including its electronic monitoring program, which had to be suspended due to lack of funds.

Finally, Bill 233-35 (COR), also filed Nov. 5 by Vice Speaker Telena Nelson, appropriates $2,100,000 to the Guam Department of Education to enable it to pay its arrears for its vendors.

All these appropriation bills came after Adelup announced that it was expecting a budget surplus. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero had stated that she would rather use the surplus to pay down GovGuam’s accumulated deficit.