Rosselló Proposes Partnership Model with Citizen Participation
SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló denounced what he called a lack of transparency and accountability by the administration of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla in multimillion-dollar transactions, such as the one involving the Highways and Transportation Authority (HTA) and Metropistas.
“The contract that was just agreed to between the government and Metropistas, amounting to more than $115 million and which comes out of Puerto Rican taxpayers’ pockets, lacks the transparency and citizen input this type of agreement merits,” Rosselló denounced.
He said such transactions cannot be allowed to take place in that manner, “much less during a fiscal crisis like the one we are living.”
The candidate assured that the manner in which the negotiation of contracts with private entities, “without any clear and direct benefit to the people and the communities these should benefit,” would end under his administration.
“Given the credit crisis the García Padilla-[David] Bernier administration has put us in, it is necessary to bring capital through private investment,” Rosselló said in a statement.
As an example, he presented a proposal to develop two powerplants that run on natural gas through what he labels Public-Private Participatory Partnerships, or APP+Ps by its Spanish initials.
That alliance, he explained, would involve the direct participation of employees and customers, while part of the profit generated would be used for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s retirement system.
He added that the proposed model could provide billions of dollars to develop much-needed strategic projects regionally and the ability to create thousands of jobs in the short and medium term.