Pangelinan To Calvo: Reprogram Compact Funds To Pay DMHSA Or Suspend the Court Ordered Payments

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Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan has sent a letter to Governor Eddie Calvo urging him to reprogram discretionary Compact Impact Act funds to fulfill the District Court’s payment orders for the  Department of Mental Health and Social Services, or suspend the Court ordered payments all together.

In his letter to the Governor, the Senator points out that “The previous administration decided not to challenge the order and chose instead to deposit the first and second installment payments totaling $4 million … the money continues to sit idle in a court bank account while vendors such as Catholic Social Services go unpaid.”

Pangelinan says that the fiscal year 2011 Compact Impact budget has set aside $5.4 million dollars for discretionary projects.

The Senator argues that reprogramming Compact Impact funds would allow time for GovGuam to pursue and identify other revenue sources to deal with the unbudgeted $12.2 million dollar ordered to fulfill the federal court’s Amended Permanent Injunction.

Reporgramming Compact funds would avoid negatively impacting vendors waiting for payment and taxpayers waiting for refunds.

If Governor Calvo declines to use his authority to reprogram the discretionary Compact Impact funds, then Senator Pangelinan says Governor Calvo should suspend the court ordered payments to DMHSA.

The Senator writes: “I am requesting that you invoke your authority as Governor to stop payments to the Court temporarily and challenge the ruling… or at least force the Federal Management Team to be accountable to their plan.”