Senator Pedo Terlaje’s bill would provide funding to hire 50 police officers

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Guam – Help is on the way. And it comes in the form of a bill aimed at funding agencies whose budgets were slashed by former Governor Calvo’s veto of Bill 374, also known as the “or more” provision — an amendment that would have clarified the language on an FY19 budget provision aimed at raising the property tax on improved lots worth a million dollars or more.

But with the property tax amendment failing, freshman Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje is coming out guns blazing in an attempt to secure $11.6 million in alternative Section 30 reimbursements to fund the Departments of Education and Public Works, University of Guam, Guam Police Department, and other agencies. Each of the agencies on the freshman senator’s radar have had their budgets cut by the veto of the “or more” provision in Bill 374.

If passed, Terlaje’s Bill 28 would not only provide $2 million from the general fund to hire 50 police officers this fiscal year, but would also funnel appropriations to the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center for the expansion of Youth Mental Health “first aid” training and suicide prevention programs for first-responders and Education Department personnel and the procurement of life saving equipment for Guam Memorial Hospital.

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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.