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The Governor of Puerto Rico refuses to apply the reduction of the day to officials

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, announced in a message addressed to the nation that he will not implement the reduction of working hours for public officials approved today The Fiscal Supervision Board (JSF), a federal control entity for the island's Executive.

San Juan, Aug 4 (EFE) .- The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló announced in a message addressed to the nation that will not implement the reduction of working hours for officials Public that today approved the Fiscal Supervision Board (JSF), a federal entity to control the island's executive.

"I do not accept or implement the reduction of working hours Submitted today by the Fiscal Supervision Board, "Rossello said in a brief message broadcast by state media.

The words of the Chief Executive follow the announcement of the JSF, Which announced at the beginning of the day that it was approved a reduction of working day of 2 days a month for the majority of public employees of the island to achieve a saving of 218 Million dollars.

The JSF is an entity established by the Puerto Rico Law on Supervision, Administration and Economic Stability (Promesa, approved) In 2016 by the Congress in Washington before the impossibility of the government of the island to pay a debt that is around 70,000 million dollars and the chaos that this could cause.

Rosselló Announced today that he will write a letter to US President Donald Trump and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan to report that he will not give way to the reduction

The head of the Executive also announced that the governor's secretary, William Villafañe, issued instructions, by letter, to All the secretaries, directors, heads of agencies and other departments of the executive branch to ignore the proposal of the JSF.

The president affirmed that the decision of the JSF is Unnecessary because the expectations of liquidity established by the federal agency itself were exceeded.

Rosselló also expressed his opposition to the pension cuts he asks for Also the JSF, since, he said, "would affect the most vulnerable, so we will also be fighting against that measure in all forums."

Rosselló asked the members Of the JSF that once again take back the path of wisdom and prudence, while detailing some negative effects of the proposal.

"Activating our economy and stimulating creation Of more and better jobs in Puerto Rico should be a common goal, both for the Government and for the Fiscal Supervision Board, "he said.

" The cut of the day proposed by the Junta would provoke the opposite and increase the crisis, in addition to unnecessarily beating our people, which is why we will not allow it, "he warned.

Rosselló stressed that his Administration has taken various cost control measures to achieve the required savings, while explaining that of more than 50 laws that were approved since it is in office Fifteen are aimed at achieving compliance with fiscal responsibility plans agreed with the JSF.

"Expenditures from the previous budget were reduced by $ 200 million Dollars. Which we have adopted and its results are unprecedented, "the governor added.

Villafañe indicates in its letter to all secretaries, directors, agency heads that" all entities Of the executive branch should continue their operations as usual. "

JSF director Natalie Jaresko said to justify the decision that the Fiscal Plan certified - document Guide for the budgets of the next years - for the finances of Puerto Rico establishes in the fiscal year 2018 a saving of 880 million dollars.

Jaresko clarified that having Obtained a savings of 662 million dollars the mathematics marks that a further 218 should be obtained, which is why the JSF approved that the Executive implement, starting from the Next September 1, a program to reduce working hours for its employees.

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