FINANCE Secretary David DLG Atalig, Acting Commonwealth Medicaid Agency Director Vicenta Borja and Acting Special Assistant for Management and Budget Cherese Palacios are expected to discuss the fiscal year 2023 budget with members of the Senate Tax Affairs Committee.
For its part, the House Ways and Means Committee issued Atalig a subpoena for documents related to government spending of local funds and American Rescue Plan Act funds.
The finance secretary had yet to respond on Sunday, according to committee chairman Rep. Donald Manglona.
Manglona said Atalig has until Monday, September 12 to respond to the committee’s duces tecum subpoena.
Senate budget hearing
The budget hearing of the Senate Tax Affairs Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14 at 2 p.m., in the Senate Chamber.
This will be the third budget hearing the Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs will conduct a week after the House unanimously passed Bill 22-116 allocating $109.7 million in projected local revenue for fiscal year 2023. It also proposes to allocate a total of $52.6 million in US dollars. Bailout Act funds for the new fiscal year beginning October 1, 2022.
In his Friday memorandum, Senate Taxation Committee Chairman Sen. Victor B. Hocog urged agencies and members of the public to submit written comments to his office.
The Fiscal Affairs Committee held budget hearings in Tinian on September 6 and Rota on September 8, regarding their respective municipal budgets.
HB 22-116 offers $1.6 million for Tinian and $1.8 million for Rota.
Other members of the Fiscal Affairs Committee are Senate Vice Chairman Justo S. Quitugua, Sen. Frank Q. Cruz, Sen. Karl King-Nabors and Senate Leader Vinnie F. Sablan.
Fiscal year 2023 begins on October 1, 2022. There will be a partial government shutdown if a new balanced budget is not enacted by this date.