After announcing an initial Organic Act Amendment putting the power of local tax increases into the hands of the people, Congressman Michael San Nicolas has announced that a second draft is in process.
Guam Del. Michael San Nicolas' plans to amend the Organic Act of Guam drew strong criticism from Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
The delegate wrote in a Facebook post that he plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives in September to amend the Organic Act of Guam in order to require a referendum before the implementation of any tax increase on island.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has reacted strongly to a proposal by Congressman Michael San Nicolas to draft legislation requiring that any tax increase be approved by the people in a referendum.
“My office is currently drafting legislation to make it Organic that any tax increases require a referendum from the people to approve it,” the congressman said in a social media post.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero Monday declared that she would like to see the 5% business privilege tax remain in place “forever,” or at least until “we start collecting more” taxes or “we have other new sources of revenue.”
The governor has urged lawmakers not to roll back the BPT to 4% as proposed in a bill introduced by Sen. James Moylan.
Any tax increase should require voters' approval, according to Del. Mike San Nicolas, who plans on introducing in September a bill to ensure this.
San Nicolas' draft legislation seeks an amendment to the Organic Act of Guam to "require a referendum to be held for the people to ratify any proposed tax increase."
The public can anticipate a decision on how the administration will move forward with the plebiscite either before or by next week, according to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
"I'm not leaning toward anything right now because I want to be very objective and hear everybody. But I do know I have to make a decision soon because of the time," Leon Guerrero said.
A number of officials have responded to Sen. Clint Ridgell’s recent statements citing the negative impacts of the military buildup.
Arnold “Dave” Davis, 83, started it all eight years ago when he tried to enter his name on the Decolonization Registry so he could vote in the non-binding plebiscite on Guam’s political status.
His attempt to register was denied because he is not a native inhabitant of Guam.
The U.S. Supreme Court Friday cleared the way for the Trump administration to use $2.5 billion in Department of Defense construction funds for the continued construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.