Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Calvo pushes for part-time legislature

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It was first brought up by Senator Fernando Esteves yesterday evening and now the idea of a part-time Guam legislature has caught the attention of Governor Eddie Calvo who told members of the press that he is fed up with the "political pandering" of the current legislative body.

Guam - Gov. Calvo plans to push ahead, no matter what, with a plan to strongly support or introduce legislation to institute a part-time legislature. Calvo says he also plans on introducing a study to determine the financial impacts of such a move.

 

It was first brought up by Senator Fernando Esteves yesterday evening and now the idea of a part-time Guam legislature has caught the attention of Governor Eddie Calvo who told members of the press that he is fed up with the "political pandering" of the current legislative body. With that announcing his intentions to introduce a wage study that will determine the financial savings or losses of a part time legislature on Guam

"With that I want to congratulate Senator Esteves and Senator Morrison with the part-time legislature because I've talked to the Department of Administration and I’ve advised them to do as we have earlier discussed with all of you, we have been moving on a new evaluation of all job positions in the government of Guam, inclusive of the legislature. With that I’ve added one more of the list of the study and that is for a part time legislature. So, let's do a wage study on a part time legislature.  They seem so hell bent on getting a pay cut," says Calvo.

 

So why the extreme switch? It was just three months ago, that Calvo, who now supports a part time legislature, was defending the full-time body in his veto letter of bill 201-33, former Senator Brant McCreadie’s bill to rollback raises for senators only. The governor says now people are angry and confused and if the legislature wants to consistently introduce bills to repeal the competitive wage act, then why not look at other options.

"Maybe that will accomplish what these senators want. If they want to devalue themselves as a full-time legislature on that pay. Like I said, the average pay of a full-time legislature in the states is about 85,000. But If that's the case, I will help them on it. I will do the study and I will push for a part time legislature," said Calvo.

Legislation regarding a part time legislature will happen, says Calvo, whether it's by his own hand or someone else’s.

"What I propose is let's do a study and let’s do a study for a part time legislature. Let’s acquiesce to the will of the body, that means that if any bill comes to me for part time legislature, I will sign it. Or if necessary, what I'll probably do is on my own, I will introduce legislation for a part time legislature and again if they desire, let's say the study shows that a PT time legislature, maybe between $15 to $20 thousand a year and it opens up everybody to run for office, good for the people of Guam and at the same time we are going to save hundreds and thousands of dollars,“ said Calvo. 

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