Do you think the Guam Legislature needs reform? If so, how? If not, why?
Having served in the Guam Legislature for six non-consecutive terms, I have visibly seen and have been a part of the Guam Legislature’s reduction in its numbers from 21 senators to 15, and a budget reduction from $12 million to $7.2 million annually. These directly reflect the reform that had been implemented since 1997. I do not support further reducing the number of senators or its budgetary allocation at this time. I firmly believe the Guam Legislature has two primary responsibilities: the passage of the government of Guam’s annual budget and further serving as the people’s steward on the need for checks and balance on government activities.
What do you think the Legislature is not focusing on that it should?
I believe the senators in the Legislature have been addressing many of the issues affecting our people. We must be mindful that the Legislature is tasked with enacting legislation and policies, and is not responsible for carrying them out, but maintain oversight on their proper adherence by GovGuam agencies. I would further focus on economic opportunities to create jobs and increase our tax revenue base: aggressively pursue the realization of the Guam military buildup to provide jobs and increase revenues; continue to support the growth of our tourism industry; and provide more incentives to expand local markets for Guam farmers and fishermen.
If elected, what will you do to enhance revenue to – and reduce costs incurred by – the government of Guam?
I would like to focus on three primary areas of economic sustainability that should result in enhancing the revenues of the government of Guam: ensuring a balanced approach in supporting the Guam military buildup; enhancing existing tourism markets and exploring new ones; and establishing additional incentives to promote increased activities within Guam’s existing industries (agriculture, aquaculture, fishing, etc). In reducing costs, I would advocate the increased application and use of modern technology and programs within the public workforce, and further support government employees through increased training and skills development.