Moylan to introduce bill prohibiting GovGuam leadership pay raises during COVID pandemic

Senator James Moylan (PNC file photo)

Senator James Moylan issued a news release Tuesday morning saying he’ll be filing legislation to prohibit agency heads, of both line and autonomous agencies from attaining salary increments during a period of when the Governor declares a State of Public Health Emergency. The measure will also assure that any pay raises approved shall be effective when the declaration is terminated therefore, prohibiting any retroactive payments.

“The recent issues with GHURA certainly was the genesis of this legislation, as there was much concern within the community that the autonomous agency’s heads were approved for salary increments. This was unjust, considering that thousands of island residents have either lost their jobs or are working reduced hours, yet we have individuals making six figures in public service, attaining thousands more in pay raises,” said Moylan,

“To add to this, these raises were set to be effective retroactively to January of this year. We are in a pandemic, and the Governor has declared a Public Health Emergency. Regardless of their performance, it is not right to be paying out raises and retroactive payments while many families are struggling to pay their bills.”

Along with Agency Heads, the legislation also includes any unclassified employee of the Offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, along the Guam Legislature under these provisions for salary increments.

“I wrote to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero last week on this issue. While I did not receive an official response, she did agree publicly that these pay raises were wrong considering the present crisis. Therefore, I am optimistic that the administration will support the legislation, so that a strong message can be cemented that such practices need to end,” said the Senator.