Guam - Speaker BJ Cruz is responding to Governor Eddie Calvo's veto of his minimum wage bill and the governor's introduction of his own.
Speaker Cruz says the governor's own measure to increase the minimum wage is disingenuous because it gives a political appointee the ability to unilaterally decide whether a minimum wage increase should be granted.
Last Friday, Calvo vetoed Cruz's bill 312 which would have increased the minimum wage on Guam to $9.20 an hour starting May 1. The governor instead introduced his own version that would also increase the minimum wage to the same amount but only after a report is completed that meets four requirements: that hours will not be reduced for employees, that employers will not reduce their workforce, that the scheduled wage increase will not be sacrificed to non-minimum wage, non managerial employees and that benefits will not be reduced.
"The study is coming at the end of this week if he had just waited a week he would've had the benefit of a study and if the study agreed with a rejection, with his position that it was going to be the end of Guam's economy, then he could and should veto the bill. But if it didn't and it was positive, then he's already killed the bill and he's replaced it with what he purports to be his alternative plan," noted Cruz.