ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Tuesday, US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh said he heard the varied comments from the members of the 30th Legislature with regard to the tone and content of his annual State of the Territory Address delivered on Monday night.
USVI Governor John de Jongh delivering his eighth and final State of the Territory Address before a formal session of the legislature
The governor also highlighted the fact that what was most important was the need to focus on working together, especially with respect to the current $70.5 million budget shortfall.
“Now that many have had an opportunity to offer their reaction and comments about the State of the Territory, I want to remind my fellow elected officials in the Virgin Islands government that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us this year. We have scheduled two forums: at the Legislature and later at Government House that I hope will represent the opportunity for us to come together and develop solutions jointly,” de Jongh said.
De Jongh said his aim is to focus on getting results and that means taking full opportunity of the February Senate hearing and the subsequent Government House event to work with each other, not against each other. “And that is what I will instruct the members of my Administration to do.”
The governor said he remains optimistic that together the territory’s elected leaders will find a way forward.
“As I stated during my address, I do not believe that it will be easy, but I do believe that it will be done. Our commitment is to our community and this requires we reach a solution sooner rather than later.”