Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives early Friday voted down an amendment to the current operating budget that would allocate billions of dollars to investors as part of the island’s debt-cutting plan, Bloomberg News reported. The legislation failed after midnight local time on Friday by 25 to 21, one vote short of passage. Still, the U.S.

Public school teachers in Puerto Rico called off a strike Thursday, after the government agreed to increase their base salary, make a new $1,000 a month raise permanent and engage in pension negotiations, Bloomberg News reported.

Puerto Rico is bracing for a second day of protests Thursday as public-sector workers said they will continue to fight for higher wages and more pension guarantees as the U.S. commonwealth struggles to balance the demands of a historic bankruptcy against growing discontent, Bloomberg News reported.

The executive director of Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board, Natalie Jaresko, is resigning from her position, having steered a historic debt restructuring that put the U.S. territory on firmer financial footing amid criticism from across the political spectrum, WSJ Pro Bankruptcy reported.

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The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico was created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the President of the United States and one ex officio member designated by the Governor of Puerto Rico. Access information on the Board, documents, videos of meetings, calendar of events and live webcasts by clicking here.