Senator Amanda Shelton is weighing in on a possible endeavor to stimulate the economy by giving island residents $500 debit cards to dine at restaurants.
If it pushes through, the move by GovGuam to support the ailing restaurant industry would follow Hawaii’s footsteps and would be funded with our portion of the federal CARES Act money.
Senator Shelton says that GovGuam is apparently working with industry partners on the possible debit cards but that she doesn’t think it should be limited to just restaurants.
She says even though the idea was only thrown around during a recent Governor’s press conference, she wants to weigh in early.
“But I think there are so many other industries that have been shut down during the pandemic and families in our community know best what they need to spend their money on. So, maybe it’s buying food to cook for themselves, maybe it’s paying for utilities or their medications. But we should be able to give families in our community the trust and dignity to make the decision where to use the money if this program is to go forward,” Shelton said.
Nothing has been formally announced by Adelup on the program and the Governor’s Office did not have a comment when asked this afternoon.
The same program in Hawaii set that state back some $75 million dollars in federal funding.