PIP Legislators Seek to Audit UPR Debt
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) legislators Denis Márquez and Juan Dalmau aim to establish a Special Commission of the University Community to Audit the Debt of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)
The bill filed by Rep. Márquez and Sen. Dalmau proposes the creation of a commission comprised by one representative from each of the following groups: the student sector; the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors (APPU by its Spanish acronym); the Brotherhood of Exempt Non-Teaching Employees (HEEND by its Spanish initials); the University Administration, selected by the UPR president; and the Puerto Rico Economists Association.
“You cannot, unjustly and irresponsibly, keep asserting that the country has to choose between health and education. We all know there is a lot of squandered money, and part of the debt is fraudulent and must be challenged. To such effects, the first step must be transparency through an audit, as we are proposing,” Dalmau said in a written statement.
For his part, Márquez said that, “like the rest of the government, the University has issued debt for years that has been questioned by diverse sectors in the university community, which is why it is imperative to study, analyze and audit the university’s debt in order to have a clear view of its finances and demand responsibilities.”
The measure was presented as Senate Bill 345 and House Bill 820.