Series: The candidates and the fiscal oversight board
Editor’s note: The following is a series of reports analyzing the Puerto Rico gubernatorial candidates’ government platforms.
If New Progressive Party (NPP) President Ricardo Rosselló were elected as Puerto Rico’s next governor, the first thing he would do would be to publish all the transaction-process documents and exchanges between work teams with the parting administration.
If Rafael Bernabe becomes the next governor of Puerto Rico, the first thing on his agenda will be to require the U.S. Congress to repeal the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa).
If independent candidate Alexandra Lúgaro were to become the second woman governor of Puerto Rico, the first thing she would do is select a team “from all political ideologies,” people who possess “the preparation and experience” to make the decisions the island needs with the discretion they’ll be allowed from her part to do so.
If independent gubernatorial candidate Manuel Cidre were elected, the first thing he would do would be to lead the government transition process with a team that isn’t politically tied to any party and promote transparency.
If the president of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), David Bernier, results elected as the next governor of Puerto Rico, the first thing he would do would be to meet with the financial board established by the Promesa to discuss his own five-year fiscal plan and make the corresponding adjustments to the document presented by the current administration.
Were the Puerto Rican Independence Party’s (PIP) gubernatorial candidate, María de Lourdes Santiago, win the Nov. 8 elections, a “blunt” message would be conveyed to the United States: a rejection of the Financial Oversight & Management Board established by the Promesa law and a confrontational stance from the island’s government.