Treasury Committee president shoots back at Tatito Hernández
SAN JUAN – House Treasury Committee President Antonio “Tony” Soto Torres criticized Thursday Rep. Rafael “Tatito” Hernández’s “capricious and demagogic” expressions during a press conference.
The New Progressive Party (NPP) representative accused Hernández of “immorality” for criticizing the recently approved Labor Transformation & Flexibility Law, when he, along with the rest of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) delegation, implemented the Retirement Reform in 2013,”which affected and reduced pensions and benefits for more than 250,000 public workers, and forced the retirement of 20,000 employees.”
Hernández has been vocal about his opposition to labor reform, which he assured will impoverish workers and deepen the island’s socioeconomic crisis.
For his part, Soto Torres denounced the PDP minority leader of being an accomplice in imposing more than $12 billion in taxes and tariff increases, “costing every Puerto Rican over $3,400 in the past four years.” He repudiated Hernández for, among other things, favoring an increase to the sales & use tax (IVU by its Spanish acronym) and the so-called crudita, or tax on petroleum products, insisting that the past administration led Puerto Rico to “its biggest economic and social deterioration in history.”
Regarding Hernández’s scorn of the bills approved under Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s administration, Soto Torres maintained that “the difference between the past administration and this one is that they spent three years trying to bankrupt the Government so they wouldn’t have to pay their obligations.”
“How dare he say that these bills impoverish workers when it was them, the PDP administration, who promised to give justice to workers yet eliminated credit for labor to more than 450,000 workers. The ones who eliminated 500,000 senior citizens’ bonuses; the ones who caused over $10 [billion] in capital loss. It appears our fellow representative has forgotten these actions and now has selective amnesia,” the House committee chairman said.