Puerto Rico Gives $100 Million In Bonuses To Government Employees After Asking For $94 Billion In Assistance

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares last month asked federal taxpayers to shell out $94 billion to pay for the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria — then turned around and paid out about $100 million in Christmasbonuses to island government employees.

The governor’s aides say the bonuses are a longstanding tradition and part of the law, and were planned for in the budget approved last summer.

But that budget came well before Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, leaving much of the territory in ruin and leaving the government begging for federal assistance.

The island’s financial oversight board, created by Congress as part of a deal to bail the government out of a potential debt default last year, called the payments “imprudent” and said the hurricanes should have forced the governor to rethink his decisions.

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And the payments could dent Mr. Rossello Nevares’ efforts to get Capitol Hill to pony up for the recovery, where the $94 billion price tag the island has set is already meeting with shock.

Puerto Rico has demonstrated time and time again that its government is incapable of responsibly handling its finances. This is yet another such instance,” Rep. Tom McClintock, who sits on the House committee with oversight over Puerto Rico, told The Washington Times in a statement after the bonuses were revealed.



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2 Responses

  1. doodaa says:

    How much did Nevares give himself? The shifty Devil.

  2. Sallie Ann says:

    Oh yes…..we don’t pay any attention to PR and we need to shovel a bunch of aid at them. I guess Xmas bonuses would do just fine and dandy….thank you USA for your stupidity in giving us anything over $100.00. The rest of the money will be frittered away the same way and NOTHING will be given to fix a blessed thing….no roads, homes, etc will be left unrepaired and in the same sad shape as they are now in. HUGE MISTAKE to just hand them a huge lump sum and expect them NOT to help themselves!!!!! They are nothing but a little island of THIEVES…..

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