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Government of Puerto Rico disburses 85.3 million as a Christmas bonus

The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, today announced the disbursement of 85.3 million dollars to government employees for the payment of the Christmas bonus, whose move makes him face the position of the Board of Fiscal Supervision (JSF) ) of removing this right from officials.

Before the announcement, the Secretary of Public Affairs and Public Policy of the local government, Ramón Rosario, said that “today, a large part of our public employees” will receive their direct deposit bonus, while others will see it reflected tomorrow, Thursday, as well than those who charge in checks.

“The governor has instructed public corporations to make adjustments to pay this right that is part of the salary of our workers,” Rosario explained in a press release.

For its part, the secretary of the Department of Finance, Teresa Fuentes, said that the disbursement of 85.3 million “is due to the effort in government agencies for fiscal adjustments and efficiencies that reflect a rise in revenues” affect the budget or the Fiscal Plan.

“Likewise, it is a boost for the economy and society in this era that unites all Puerto Ricans,” he said.
After the announcement, several union leaders expressed their support for the governor and said that they will help him carry out other battles against the JSF.

“I have never had any doubt about the love that the governor has had all his life for the police.” The payment of the Christmas bonus is another indicator for the police to understand that Governor Rosselló has worked hard and will continue to strive for each policeman to have a better quality of life, “said Diego Figueroa, president of the United Front of Organized Police.

For his part, the president of the Insular Union of Industrial Workers and Electrical Constructions, Héctor Reyes, highlighted the payment to the officials because “they worked so hard this past year to lift Puerto Rico after the passage of hurricanes Irma and María “

“We urge you to continue with that same effort against the JSF to avoid the reduction in the contribution to the medical plans of public servants,” he said.

In turn, the president of the Central Authentic Workers, Adalberto Vega Velez, added that “recognizes the wise decision of the governor to challenge the JSF in such important departure as it is the Christmas bonus of public servants.” (EFEUSA) .-

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