Vice Speaker Says Governor Had Ample Time to Evaluate Hybrid Retirement Bill

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Bill 2 was passed unanimously by the Guam Legislature.

Guam – Vice Speaker BJ Cruz says he’s dismayed that Governor Eddie Calvo vetoed his retirement reform bill number 2, pointing out that the governor had ample time to evaluate the impacts of the bipartisan legislation.

 

Bill 2 is a hybrid retirement reform measure that would give GovGuam employees options outside of the current defined contributions plan, which many say is not a plan that will support employees going into retirement.

Governor Calvo, in his veto message said the bill could inflate the unfunded liability of the government. The governor also said that there was a lack of information needed to ensure the financial stability of the government.

Vice Speaker Cruz disagrees with the governor, pointing out that the governor had known about this bill 15 months ago.

 

“As it relates to the cost, they’ve been talking about the cost. It says here, ‘My fiscal team sat down and tried to figure out the cost.’ If your fiscal team can’t figure it out in 15 months, you really have problems,” Cruz points out. “Besides that, during those 15 months they should have provided their alternative to it.”

He adds: “But just to sit there on your thumbs and not come up with any idea–that’s unconscionable, especially when we have 8,000 employees out there, many of them who are going to be retiring in the next couople of years and they’re gonna be retiring into poverty.”

Although the Legislature passed Bill 2 unanimously, Cruz says he hopes his colleagues will continue to support the measure for an override of Governor Calvo’s veto.