Do you think the Guam Legislature needs reform? If so, how? If not, why?
Yes, it needs to audit its expenses to eliminate unnecessary expenditures and waste, as well as finding ways to minimize expenses by pooling resources and sharing office spaces. It also needs to reform the appropriation process through full transparency. Tax dollars must be spent on the basis of clear priorities, not a politician’s position or seniority. It needs to be accountable for enforcing the law and it needs to level the playing field and eliminate special rights.
What do you think the Legislature is not focusing on that it should?
It is not overseeing the critical life-safety issues, like the proper design and implementation of the New Generation 911 system, new ambulances, etc. It is not implementing any solutions to collecting taxes due from off-island contractors that do work on Guam. It is not providing incentives to motivated new business to start up and offer employment. It is not offering incentives to motivate more renewable energy to be installed. It is not overseeing the agencies like Public Works, GWA, Mass Transit, GSA, DOE, GMH, etc. to be more efficient and effective. It is not implementing any programs to improve management and administration.
If elected, what will you do to enhance revenue to – and reduce costs incurred by – the government of Guam?
- Cut legislature, unnecessary and nice-to-do expenses.
- Audit the government agencies and cut unnecessary expenses to reduce waste and release cash for necessary critical needs.
- Eliminate unnecessary and duplicated functions.
- Implement new technology and centralize information technology for use throughout government – including the hospital, Public Dealth, Dept. of Education, Public Works, etc.