GUAM GOVERNOR GUTIERREZ SAYS AREAS OF GOVGUAM CAN'T BE CUT, SENATOR MOYLAN

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By Scott Radway

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (February 20, 2002 – Pacific Daily News)---Guam's population will continue to grow as it did in the 1990s and government cannot be trimmed any more if officials plan to maintain vital services.

That was the message in Gov. Carl Gutierrez's weekly radio address yesterday, coming in the wake of fiscal 2002 revenue shortfalls last week that pushed leaders to make deep cuts in their budgets.

Gutierrez said while there is great pressure to reduce government, he expects the population to continue to grow, and officials have to avoid shortages in such areas as public safety workers and teachers.

"These are individuals whose numbers cannot be easily or safely reduced without compromising the lives of our people and the basic functions of government," Gutierrez said.

But Sen. Kaleo Moylan, who chairs the committee that handles budget issues, said there are more areas of government to streamline to make it more efficient and save money.

Moylan, R-Barrigada, said while the population has increased, revenues have steadily decreased -- a formula that is forcing the government to change the way it operates.

The senator added that the population is not guaranteed to increase as it did in the 1990s when there was a strong economy and a boom in development.

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