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Jenniffer González Questions Bernier’s Economic Proposals

By on August 15, 2016

SAN JUAN – The New Progressive Party (NPP) candidate for resident commissioner, Jenniffer González, questioned the originality of the economic proposals laid out by the Popular Democratic Party’s (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, David Bernier.

She also criticized that Bernier’s proposals are not in line with his tenure as “second in command” at the administration of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla.

“The proposals by candidate Bernier are a recognition that the measures adopted by the previous administration of the NPP were the right ones and that his administration erred when reversing them,” González said during a press conference at the NPP’s headquarters in Hato Rey.

González reiterated that Bernier’s economic proposals validate that the García Padilla administration “has been a failure and therefore proposes to reverse all the measures he himself supported in his administration and in many cases enacted with his signature.”

“It is unfortunate that David Bernier did not notice the gra

Rep. Jenniffer González, House minority spokeswoman for the NPP and resident commissioner candidate

Rep. Jenniffer González, House minority spokeswoman for the NPP and resident commissioner candidate

ve mistake while he was second in command and could do something about it,” she added.

González, who is also her party’s vice president, listed some of the positions Bernier has taken regarding measures enacted by the current administration. She said:

  1. As secretary of state, he supported the 16% value-added tax bill and the 11.5% increase to the sales-and-use (IVU by its Spanish acronym) and business-to-business (B2B) taxes, and now regrets it.
  2. The current administration eliminated the credit for work and deductions, which resulted in an increase in all taxpayers’ returns, especially those earning less than $20,000, who used to not pay income tax and now do. Bernier now says he will bring it back.
  3. They cut in half the bonus for seniors and delayed its payment, and now Bernier says he will bring it back.

4. David Bernier proposes prioritizing the allocation of resources to fund the retirement systems, but after legislating the additional contributions, the administration decided not to carry them out and destroyed the retirement systems.

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