Round 2: tensions rise in latest Governor vs San Nicolas debacleWritten by Rebecca Elmore
Guam – Perhaps the biggest contender against Governor Eddie Calvo's bill to float a $75 million tax refund line of credit, has been none other than Democrat lawmaker Mike San Nicolas who has responded, yet again with two bills, a resolution, and a four page letter detailing his disagreements.
In the latest tit for tat between Governor Eddie Calvo and Senator Michael San Nicolas, the Democrat lawmaker called for a cooling off of rhetoric from Adelup. Last night, the senator released yet another response to the governor. This time, San Nicolas is accusing Calvo of lobbing combative accusations, something he says the people of Guam could do without.
The whole debacle began when the governor announced his new proposal last Friday that aims to speed up tax refunds as early as May of this year via the use of a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note or TRAN.
San Nicolas was one of the first to oppose the measure, taking issue over the administration's “overspending.” This prompted an immediate response from the governor who accused San Nicolas of allowing his misconceptions and “inability to see past the politics to interfere with his parliamentary duties.”
The two public servants took turns trading barbs over the past few days, but the latest source of contention occurred last night when Senator San Nicolas responded once more to the governor's bill.
Addressing his formal disappointment, the COR Chairman broke down his disagreement with the Governor's proposal in four points, saying Adelup needed to increase cash, support quarterly installments of Section 30 money, decrease costs, and smooth costs to spread out expenses. Although Troy Torres, the Governor's Chief of Staff claims they already have the support of seven or eight lawmakers, Torres says the administration is still hoping any foreseeable delays by the outspoken Rules Chairman are squelched by his fellow senators.
You can read the senator's bills, resolution, and formal letter to the governor by clicking on the attached documents below.