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  • By Pacific Island Times News Saff

Governor won't back down on $30 million cap for ALL RISE payouts

Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero

Resisting pressure from senators, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Wednesday refused to reconsider her decision to set a $30-million limit on the ALL RISE payouts.

The government reported that the Department of Revenue and Taxation has received more than 3,300 in-person applications and 13,888 applications online as of Wednesday afternoon.

“And while I have stood firm in the use of $30 million from the American Rescue Plan, my discretion on this amount takes into account the competing priorities of our entire community over the extended period for which these funds have been given,” the governor said in response to letters from three senators.

Sens. Sabina Perez, Tony Ada and Telo Taitague asked the governor to lift the cap on the stimulus program, saying the first-come-first-served policy causes a “mad rush to get applications in is resulting in total chaos in both the online and in-person application submissions.”

“Please be assured that the operational and technical issues have been resolved,” the governor stated in identical letters in response to Perez, Ada and Taitague.

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“My decision to implement the All RISE program by executive order, which included key provisions passed by the Guam Legislature, was executed in conformance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations,” the governor said.

“Throughout this pandemic, my administration has successfully directed and implemented numerous programs that have provided direct relief to our people, especially to those who need it most. The implementation of All RISE was no different.”

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