Governor doesn’t rule out extraordinary session to address dismissals law impasse
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Thursday that dialogue over the repeal of Act 80 of 1976–on compensation for dismissals without just cause–remains open.
“I want to reach a resolution that benefits the people of Puerto Rico. And I will use all the mechanisms that are available: Call for an extraordinary session, dialogue or whatever to be able to find a solution that can comply with the agreement [with the island’s fiscal oversight board]. I hope all colleagues are willing to have that conversation,” the governor told the media.
Rosselló assured there were several alternatives presented by senators and representatives, who could reach an agreement.
Regarding the cancellation of the fiscal board’s Friday meeting and the approval of the budget, Rosselló said the document the Legislative Assembly is evaluating considered the repeal of Act 80.
“That implies that the projections of the base number…if Act 80 isn’t repealed, will be different, “he said. “The board has made it understood that they will be working on a new fiscal plan or reverting to one that doesn’t have the repeal of Act 80. By doing that, it means the budget does change.
“What do I anticipate? I anticipate they will publish their amended fiscal plan and will publish what their budget or draft budget will be at some point,” he added.
In a statement, Chairman José Carrión announced the cancellation of the meeting scheduled for Friday, in which the budget was going to be discussed. The cancellation, Carrión said, was to give the legislature time to evaluate the budget before Saturday, the last day of this fiscal year.