The Public Hearing for Bills 201, 202 and 204 shows how passionate supporters, proponents of bills have become.
Guam – A show of solidarity among Gov Guam directors at Tuesday’s public hearing for Bills 201, 202 and 204. Hundreds of supporters and proponents gathered outside the legislature for a chance to contribute. Bill 204, which was introduced by Senator San Nicolas, aims to repeal pay raises given to all elected and appointed officials. The legislative hall was consistently filled with roars of anger and boos as supporters and proponents took the table to testify. The directors, along with Gov. Calvo, who walked in halfway through the public hearing, all echoed the same general principle: the pay raises for the directors and mayors were long overdue and they referenced the need for Gov Guam to be able to attract the brightest and most talented minds to stay on Guam and having competitive wages is one way to do so. Joanne Brown, current General Manager for the Port Authority Guam, said “I don’t see how dumbing down government is good government.” Bill 204, which was introduced by Senator San Nicolas, aims to repeal pay raises given to all elected and appointed officials. Also making an appearance was Andri Baynum. He headlined the first panel of Guam residents to support Senator San Nicolas’ bill. It was Baynum who, along with students of an AP history class, surveyed 1,200 registered voters and asked about the pay raise. Not long after the survey, Senator Brant McCreadie introduced Bills 201 and 202 which sought to repeal senatorial pay raises and later that day Senator San Nicolas introduced bill 204.