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PDP sen. scrutinizes ‘ruthless and insensitive’ fiscal board recommendations

By on February 12, 2017

SAN JUAN — Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Rossana López León filed a measure in repudiation of the budget cuts recommended by the Fiscal Oversight & Management Board.

Senate Resolution 46 proposes “total rejection from the Senate to the most recent recommendations from the Fiscal Oversight & Management Board to the Government of Puerto Rico, regarding millionaire budget cuts in assignments to essential services for citizens.”

Sen. Rossana López León (Inter News Service)

Sen. Rossana López León (Inter News Service)

The senator made a plea to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to reject the Board’s recommendations and to defend “the most vulnerable, our pensioners, our patients, as well as our students.”

“Health, pensioners, and Puerto Rico’s education must be out of the fiscal board’s equation. Their recommendations are ruthless and insensitive,” affirmed López León in written declarations.

The former president of the Senate’s Civil Rights Commission stated the Board should instead offer suggestions to tackle “corporate welfare” of multinational retailers, which will benefit from the Labor Reform, deemed by López León as “unfair to Puerto Rican workers.”

The legislator, who was the Senior Citizen’s Advocate, accused the New Progressive Party (NPP) and the fiscal entity created by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management & Economic Stability Act (Promesa) of protecting “great interests” and considering “oppressive measures.”

“None have challenged, and apparently don’t want to challenge, issues such as the absurd [tax] exemptions that benefit some retail giants and industries in Puerto Rico. Nor do they mention eliminating Cabotage Laws and many other areas that would represent economic growth for the island,” she stated.

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