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June 24, 2014

Bill to fund Hagåtña restoration introduced

SEN. Michael San Nicolas introduced a measure that would ensure sustainable funding for the development projects of the Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority. Bill 358, known as the Responsible Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Funding Act, appropriates real property tax revenues derived from improvements to property located in Hagåtña for the authority’s projects. The revenues for […]

June 21, 2014

Emergency aid for tourists

SEN. Michael San Nicolas has introduced Bill 357 to establish enhanced response capabilities and an emergency fund to help tourists who have been victims of crime during their stay on island. “In Chamorro culture we have this phrase ‘ayuda i man bisita’-ta,’ meaning we help our visitors,” San Nicolas said. “Tourism is not only the […]

May 31, 2014

Federal Social Security coverage sought for GovGuam employees

SEN. Michael San Nicolas has introduced a resolution asking Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo to introduce federal legislation that will include GovGuam employees under the defined contribution retirement plan to also be included under federal Social Security. The resolution is co-sponsored by Speaker Judith Won Pat. The senator cited an Office of Public Accountability audit from […]

May 12, 2014

Fed help sought for retirees: Senators want GovGuam workers under Social Security

Sen. Michael San Nicolas, D-Dededo, and Speaker Judith Won Pat, D-Inarajan, introduced Resolution 379, asking Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo to introduce legislation to allow GovGuam employees to be covered under Social Security. The resolution calls for legislation that will enable the government of Guam and its employees to contribute to Social Security with GovGuam’s portion […]

May 7, 2014

Lawmakers debate stiffer penalties for burglaries at schools

Sen. Michael San Nicolas said investments in other areas must be made in addressing crime, such as filling the gaps in awareness-raising activities. Although he appreciates the efforts of the bill’s author and supports the incarceration of violent offenders, San Nicolas is concerned with incurring additional costs should the legislation pass. “We need to fill […]

February 12, 2014

Kudos on Hay pay stipulation

WE COMMEND the Guam Legislature for maintaining its position on Bill 268, the Hay pay legislation. It appears that, all things considered – particularly the political realities – the bill as passed, is the correct result. If the administration provides the information about the specifics of the pay plan and the source of revenue, the […]

Sound: The Legislature’s plan for pay raises is fiscally responsible

What Sen. Mike San Nicolas, who introduced Bill 268, and his Democratic senatorial colleagues did was a fiscally responsible decision for all taxpayers. Bill 268 makes changes to the governor’s Hay Plan pay increase proposal, which was submitted to the Legislature last month. As amended, the bill appropriates $7 million for pay increases instead of […]

January 27, 2014

San Nicolas bill would exempt elected from raises

Democratic Sen. Mike San Nicolas, D-Dededo, introduced a bill that would alter the administration’s plan for government of Guam pay raises — exempting lawmakers, mayors and other elected officials from the higher pay scale. It also would prevent GovGuam directors, administrators and other agency leaders from receiving higher pay unless the island’s jobless rate declines […]