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Minority lawmakers want to sue Puerto Rico fiscal board over budget

By on July 3, 2018

SAN JUAN – The spokesman for the minority Popular Democratic Party in Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez, said Tuesday that, if the island’s Legislative Assembly were to resort to the courts to challenge the budget approved by the fiscal oversight board, they would join the lawsuit.

“To defend the prerogatives of the Legislative Assembly, which approved a budget that is less than that approved by the fiscal control board and the establishment of the allocations. The distribution of the allocations is the best admissible evidence in a court of what public policy is,” Hernández Montañez said at a press conference Tuesday.

The lawmaker acknowledged, however, that any legal move is subject to the actions of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

“For the [legal] battle to take place, there must be noncompliance of the fiscal plan and the budget approved by the board, according to the Promesa law [which created the island’s fiscal board]. What we are telling the governor is to challenge what the law says. We must then wait until the board’s plan is implemented, so that the Legislative Assembly has…legitimacy and a case for damages. It has to be everyone to have enough weight,” said the representative.

The minority spokesman said that, although his party’s lawmakers could sue without the legislative majority, the lawsuit would be “weak.”

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