Gov. Eddie Calvo made some stern remarks about Sen. Michael San Nicolas, the chairman of the legislative committee on finance, for his public opposition to several proposals put forward to assist Guam Memorial Hospital.
The senator had also indicated he would block the measures in committee to prevent a public hearing.
"I'm disappointed but this has been the track record from Sen. San Nicolas," the governor stated. "It just appears so undemocratic that a unilateral act from one individual senator would bury something so important."
Calvo's measure, Bill 338-33, proposes to borrow up to $425 million in Section 30 bonds, most of which will go to refinancing existing bonds and loans. Around $125 million of that amount is needed for capital improvement projects and other critical needs, including $30 million in vendor payables. Sen. Dennis Rodriguez subsequently introduced two bills that would borrow enough money to pay off the outstanding vendor balances only, along with increasing hospital fees to current Medicare rates.