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NPP Starts Public Hearings to Prepare Government Plan

By on July 8, 2016

SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) President and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló said his party began holding public hearings in Bayamón Friday to develop its government program.

The party said it will carry out the hearings throughout the island over the next 40 days to listen to the population and present its plans and proposals, which it said it has worked on for more than three years.

“Under the government of [Gov. Alejandro] García Padilla and [Popular Democratic Party President and gubernatorial candidate] David Bernier, more than 50,000 jobs have been lost in Puerto Rico, which is why our proposals to stimulate the economy and job creation constitute a priority,” Rosselló said.

NPP president and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló

NPP President and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló

“The public policy of our administration will be based on facilitating economic growth, keeping doors open to the development of all productive sectors and, as a result, encouraging the creation of more and better jobs,” the NPP candidate said.

The politician added that his administration would lower the cost of doing business in Puerto Rico, “reducing the tax burden on productive sectors and our people,” and added that it would expedite the permits process and use a new energy model, “allowing Puerto Rico to be more competitive.”

The new party president said that in December 2013, García Padilla had appointed Bernier as secretary of State, with economic development as one of his specific responsibilities.

“The result of these four years demonstrates the failure of both García Padilla and David Bernier in his effort as promoter of economic development and job creation in Puerto Rico,” he said.

“We have developed specific initiatives to boost job creation and reduce government spending,” he continued, adding that his “team is the only one that has presented a government reform to reduce public spending and eliminate the obstacles created by the current administration.”

Among the proposals, he mentioned lowering taxes and the sales-and-use tax rate, cutting government spending and improving Treasury’s capture rate.

He reiterated his intention to create collaborative alliances with the private and nonprofit sectors “to provide public services more effectively.” He said nonprofits create about 150,000 jobs in Puerto Rico. “Through this public policy thousands of additional jobs can be generated.”

He also spoke about a plan to revitalize government buildings, Operation Real Estate Rescue. The gubernatorial hopeful said there are nearly five million square feet of public buildings that could be restored, “creating jobs in construction” and be “used by small and midsize companies.”

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