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Rosselló promises LGBTTQI component in party platform

By on September 10, 2016

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – New Progressive Party (NPP) President and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló said Saturday that his government platform will include a “component” for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and intersex (LGBTTQI) communities that will establish “the principles of respect for human and civil rights.”

Likewise, he will protect “the communities of [religious] faith, that have been squandered under this administration,” Rosselló assured during a party convention luncheon and plenary session in Fajardo, where he presented his Socioeconomic Transformation Model.

(Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

Ricardo Rosselló tried to appease the LGBTTQI community, whose members feel the NPP gubernatorial candidate does not represent their best interests due to his strong affiliation with the religious community (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

In a change of position regarding LGBTTQI communities, the candidate explained that his administration would guarantee “the respect of all civilians, access to mental health services” and the elimination of postures that establish homosexuality as a disease, and other initiatives.

He added that “all the rights that have been acquired, our administration will respect.” However, he clarified that this doesn’t mean he now approves education with gender perspective because he considers that “sexual education must fall on parents.”

On the other hand, he said this does not go against his stance on protecting and collaborating with religious communities, and promised to eradicate the alleged persecution against them.

The pro-statehood politician maintained that, although it may appear to be a “conflict” between both sectors, there’s still a lot of work that can be accomplished/

Another of his proposal was to create a council for women to assess breast-feeding areas and childcare at work for it to determine availability and address any issues revealed.

Promise: Less government spending; no layoffs

Rosselló also promised to reduce government spending by 10%, without firing employees, by establishing the government as a sole employer and implementing zero-based budgeting, whereby expenses must be justified for each new term. The employees who cannot be relocated in the agencies that need them most would be offered an early retirement program, the party president said in a press conference after delivery his convention speech.

In addition, he proposed establishing a credit system with which what is owed to citizens would be used to pay off debt with other government agencies, a proposal that has been criticized in the past because agencies such as the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority operate with different accounting methods than the central government does.

Rosselló reiterated his support in restructuring the public debt, collaborating with the federal fiscal oversight board established by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, or Promesa, and eliminating the business-to-business tax.

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