San Juan Mayor Proposes Municipalities Help Commonwealth Government
SAN JUAN – Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz proposed Saturday that the 11 municipalities with the greatest solvency, including San Juan, work with Gov. Alejandro García Padilla to help the island’s finances before the government defaults Sunday, exacerbating the fiscal crisis.
“There are 11 municipalities here that can sit down and talk with the governor and help in a plan to lessen the projected impact,” the mayor of San Juan said.
She added that the “salvation is found in [Puerto RIco]. There are 11 municipalities that have their finances in order, have a surplus and support other municipalities. So we can do it.”
Besides San Juan, she mentioned Guaynabo, Carolina and Bayamón.
“What is being thought must be rethought, what is written must be rewritten, the way the government is handled must be reconfigured, and that power comes from the municipalities,” she added.
“I have faith that when Puerto Ricans join together outside party lines…we can unite for any objective and surpass it; what we cannot do is give up our democracy,” she said.
The mayor stressed that municipalities play an important role amid the possible default on part of the public debt, which is widely expected to happen Sunday, because “we are the reserve, the retaining wall of services and we are much closer to the people,” she said.
Inter News Service