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Resident Commissioner candidate González presents agenda

By on September 12, 2016

SAN JUAN – During the New Progressive Party (NPP) Convention over the weekend, resident commissioner candidate Jenniffer González presented her agenda to promote Puerto Rico’s economic development while in Washington, D.C.

González said that she and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló are already working to restore credibility to the government and move their economic plan forward, having already sent a letter to the Promesa Task Force and the members of the fiscal oversight board.

Rep. Jenniffer González, House minority spokeswoman for the NPP and resident commissioner candidate

Rep. Jenniffer González, House minority spokeswoman for the NPP and resident commissioner candidate

The letter asks that the HUBZone program, which was expanded to include almost the entire island in the Promesa law, is maximized to increase the federal procurement of goods and services from small and midsize businesses within the designated zone.

“I will turn to the Resident Commissioner’s Office into the biggest promoter of economic development in Washington to achieve establishing economic ties and promote the export of local products and services, while we work on additional investment,” Gonzalez indicated.

She added that “because I know the inner workings of Congress, where I will look to bring immediate solutions that boost our economy and lobby for complete parity, I present these economic development measures that will have an immediate impact, which is what we need.”

Some the proposals by González, who is also a former House Speaker, include efforts toward having Puerto Rico inclueded in the U.S.-Spain Income Tax Convention, working toward the elimination of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing, extending the validity of the Internal Revenue Code Section 199 Domestic Production Activities Deduction, the use of federal construction-grant programs such as TIGER, and Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA), and establish new free-trade zones.

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