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Bernier Backs Prasa Revitalization Bill that Seeks to Avoid Rate Hike

By on February 29, 2016

SAN JUAN – The gubernatorial candidate for the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), David Bernier, is urging the Legislature to approve House Bill 2786, which seeks to revitalize the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Authority (Prasa).

David Bernier, left, meets with heads of organizations representing contractors. (Via Inter News Service)

David Bernier, left, meets with the heads of organizations that represent contractors. (Via Inter News Service)

Bernier held a meeting Monday with the following organizations, which also backed the call: the Mechanical Contractors Association, the Concrete Producers Association, the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Engineers & Land Surveyors Association (CIAPR by its Spanish initials) and the Puerto Rico Electrical Contractors.

In a statement Monday, Bernier said, “The weight of government’s inefficiencies cannot fall on the back of our citizenry. I will support every initiative that through efficiency and good management avoids an increase to the cost of living of Puerto Ricans.”

The candidate, who is also his party’s president, recently proposed that the value-added tax’s (IVA by its Spanish acronym) increase for services be stopped. He explained that the Prasa revitalization bill is designed to avoid an increase to the “projected water rate”; to settle the more than $150 million in accounts payable the public utility has with its goods and services suppliers; and to reactivate the “construction industry by fulfilling the obligation to those companies’ workers the same way they are met with those of the utility.”

Bernier added that some 7,500 jobs have been lost due to Prasa’s debt with its contractors.

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