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Puerto Rico gov’t to fund power utility with other agencies’ money

By on March 23, 2018

SAN JUAN – The government is taking money from financially troubled entities such as the Education and Health departments to finance a $300 million loan to the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa).

According to the most recent report of the government’s main Treasury Single Account (TSA), some $80 million for that loan will come from the Department of Health and about $41 million from the Department of Education, an agency that is reducing payroll and closing schools.

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U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who oversees the island’s bankruptcy process under Title III of Promesa, recently authorized the commonwealth to loan the power utility $300 million after the public corporation warned that a liquidity shortage would force it to leave Puerto Rico in the dark.

According to the TSA breakdown, the Treasury Department will provide $49 million for the loan. The Police Department, which has problems paying owed overtime, will put $13 million. Some $550,000 will come from the Highways & Transporation Authority, a public corporation that is also in under Promesa’s Title III process.

The following is a breakdown of which entities will finance the Prepa loan:

–Department of Health: $80 million
–Treasury Department: $49 million
–Department of Education: $41 million
–Administration for Integral Development of Childhood: $ 22 million
–Public-Private Partnerships Authority: $19 million
–Medical Center Services Corp.: $16 million
Mental Health & Antiaddiction Services Administration: $16 million
–Police Department: $13.7 million
Transportation & Public Works Department: $13.7 million
–Agricultural Enterprise Development Administration: $13.7 million
–Corrections Department: $8 million
–Department of Justice: $2 million
–Fire Department: $1.6 million
–HTA: $550,000

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