Governor failed to include GDOE in initial pay raise funding request

Chris Duenas

Adelup lying about Chris Duenas’s support of raises

Senators were surprised Thursday to discover Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s original pay raise proposal had failed to include about $7 million in funding needed to include General Pay Plan employees of the Guam Department of Education. The republican leader of the legislature, Sen. Frank Blas, Jr., raised concerns the new proposal has a substantially higher price tag – about $24 million for this fiscal year alone and nearly $50 million for next year – than the $16 million the governor initially told senators she needed.

“We want the raises to happen for the employees,” Sen. Chris Duenas said, “but we don’t want to leave out the DOE employees, and I don’t think it’s right that people making six figures will get a 22 percent pay raise.”

That was another detail senators discovered, to their chagrin, at a meeting of the legislative Committee on Rules, chaired by Sen. Chris Barnett.

Adelup and a faction of the Democratic Party of Guam have been making false statements about Mr. Duenas’s stance on the pay raises, saying the senator opposes them.

“That’s a lie,” Mr. Duenas told Kandit in an in-studio interview Friday. “I support the 22 percent pay raise for the rank and file employees. What I don’t support is giving a $22,000 pay raise to someone making $100,000.”

The senator said Mr. Barnett’s meeting revealed droves of high-paid General Pay Plan members in the executive branch would be entitled to the same 22 percent pay raise as public employees making only $22,000 a year. Under such a scenario, someone with an annual gross salary of $22,000 would get a $4,840 annual pay raise, while an employee currently paid $100,000 a year will get a pay raise “that’s equivalent to an entire salary for a new employee,” the senator said.

“How can this be truly about recruitment if the lower-paid employees are getting nothing compared to the six-figure employees,” the senator said.

The solution he said he and other senators will be considering is either to cut out six-figure employees from the raises, or to establish a sliding scale that reduces the percentage increase the higher the pay bracket in the six-figure categories.

“We can save millions by doing this, and send those millions to where it’s needed most: the schools,” Mr. Duenas said.

The conservative senator from Tamuning questioned Adelup’s priorities and motives as the administration pushes pay raises for six-figure employees while remaining silent on “the schools that are falling apart at the seams.”

As for the administration’s attacks on Mr. Duenas, Sen. Blas called out the governor for, again, failing to be transparent with both the public and the legislature.

“Of concern to Senator Duenas and the other Republican members of the 37th Guam Legislature’s Rules Committee was the lack of transparency and blatant attempt to place a bill that was substantially costlier and different than what was introduced and discussed in the bill’s public hearing,” Mr. Blas said in a news release Thursday evening.

“It’s sad that they originally left out the cost for GDOE when they told us $16 million, because they based their whole argument on the need to hire DOE employees in order to repair schools,” Mr. Duenas said. “We republicans are not going to leave out the schools.”


  • Is there any individual who works for GovGuam and goober-na Lewd-es with cybercrime experience?
    There was a big time DENIAL by Sen. Chris Duenas over a Social Media event. The Official looking document attributed to Chris Duesnas was official looking. This document, supposedly by Chris Duenas, allegedly manipulates Teachers Pay in Facebook media. Duenas filed a Complaint with Ethics Committee! Correct where wrong! Janssen’s name was later identified in other Social Medias. Progressive Democrats Web group was eventually identified! What is their Agenda?
    On a separate note, Facebook deleted 2 post in the American, Chamorro Guamanian group. To be clear, interacting with Janssen in the past, he questioned my numerous blog against goober-na Lewd-es, etc. In other words, this guy is real?
    I reviewed the supposed last post which basically had all these NEGATIVES AGAINST Del. MSN attributed to me! Totally Bogus! I notified FB Advisory Committee that I didn’t POST the deleted article 3/4 days ago. Right off the bat that Post, was meant to sit in the Group box, state my supposed denial to MSN Governorship a while back. My position was the ‘no comment’ on Substantial evidence by goober-na Lewd-es and Peter ‘Jive Talker’ Santos, the AG Camacho, responsibleguampac group, etc! These parties played the role of IGNORANCE on the Guam Public! That’s Gas Lighting by the Progressive Democrats?
    The Removal process coincides with the recent GMH and Docomo Cybercrime time period Now the Guam Public has the recent Chris Duenas escapade. Another scam to provide false info!
    Several seemingly unrelated but hacking elements was involved. Remember, my FB Account name had to be used for that Post! One has to know about Cybercrime techniques, etc., to get that info! OR maybe, the Hacker had inside control over FB accounts?
    Remember, there is no Final Report on how GMH handled their HIPPA and Data violations! What’s the relevance of GMH flops? It could also be a Selling point for a new Hospital! Or the Docomo story was a side tract distraction?
    The Docomo CyberCrime recently happened! Could this event be tied to one hacker? Remember, ITE and GTA, 2 local ventures, hasn’t been CYBERCRIMED! Is this Selective Crime? Where’s the IT Professionals? Oooopppsss, another MESsy Chamorro Joke!
    I think it’s even odd that goober-na Lewd-es specifically mentioned pay raises for IT in her State of the Union speech. Goober-na never mentioned other Employee fields. In retrospect, does goober-na LEWD-es cater to this new weapon? That’s another way to Gas Light the Guam Public? Now, what does a Stats tech have on his hands? Time? Access to Data? Capable to practice black Ops [couldn’t resist this thought}. Excuse the Guam Public reflecting all the possibilities behind a non-Transparent Administration and GovGuam on a small Island of 160k+ Americans! Ask yourself, what work has Jannsson done that the Guam Public can refer too! OOooohh, do have another MESsy Chamorro Joke?

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