FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE (June 11, 2014 – Hagåtña, GU) – Senator Vicente “ben” C. Pangelinan (D), Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Public Debt, Retirement, Legal Affairs, Public Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Land (Committee) is commending the Office of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, for her work in confirming from federal officials, the expected windfall Section 30 Funds that GovGuam should expect to receive within the coming fiscal year.

“We are appreciative of the Congresswoman’s work in upholding transparency in the Section 30 process through working with federal officials to provide the truth,” stated Pangelinan.

Pangelinan previously announced that as a result of two federal entities that have not been remitting Section 30 funds to GovGuam for almost two decades, GovGuam should expect to receive these funds after the federal government performs its analysis and reconciliation of what is to be owed, which local officials have estimated to be over $20 million. Pangelinan notes that one of the federal entities should be notifying the Department of the Interior in the coming weeks of the specific amount to be remitted to GovGuam, whereas the other federal entity is continuing to reconcile the amount due to GovGuam.

“We are not saying that there is a certification from the U.S. Treasury that funds is available because that goes directly to the Executive Branch. The governor should already know that process. We are also not saying that the funds are in the bank today. What we are saying is that there are active discussions and reconciliations occurring and that there is an expected windfall of Section 30 funds,” explained Pangelinan.

Pangelinan along with Vice Speaker Benjamin J. Cruz, introduced Bill 309 which sets funding priorities if such windfall Section 30 Funds are remitted to GovGuam.

“Bill 309, as substituted, funds certain priorities such as the full implementation of the Competitive Wage Act of 2014, education needs, 20 new police officers, additional prosecution teams and victim witness advocates at the AG’s office, and law enforcement retroactive pay. If these windfall Section 30 funds do not come in this fiscal year, then the appropriations will not be in effect. That is why I urge the governor to do all that he can to ensure that GovGuam receives these windfall Section 30 funds to fund these priorities,” concluded Pangelinan.

For further information, please contact the Offices of Senator Pangelinan at 473-4236 or email at office@senbenp.com

 

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