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Rosselló: Puerto Rico Unable to Pay Public Workers by February

By on December 19, 2016

SAN JUAN — Governor-elect Ricardo Rosselló warned that Puerto Rico will run out of money by February to pay public employees.

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Governor-elect Ricardo Rosselló (File)

Rosselló said Monday that only about $147 million remains in the island’s coffers. His announcement comes amid ongoing transition hearings in which Puerto Rico public agencies are presenting their current financial status and accomplishments for the past four years.

The New Progressive Party (NPP) politician said his administration will investigate whether there was any negligence involved in the way funds were managed in the past four years. He said he will sign several administrative orders targeting the economic crisis after being sworn in on Jan. 2.

Puerto Rico is facing a decade-long economic crisis and a nearly $70 billion public debt load that Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has said is unpayable.

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