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Thu Jul 4, 2019, 07:45 AM

Board sues Puerto Rico governor amid economic crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances sued the U.S. territory's governor Wednesday, saying he refuses to submit required documents and has approved tens of millions of dollars in unbudgeted spending amid a 13-year recession.

The board also accused Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of signing nearly two dozen joint resolutions to appropriate funds for expenditures not approved by board-certified budgets.

"Puerto Rico cannot fall back into an era of uncontrolled spending," board chairman Richard Carrión said. "This led us into bankruptcy and resulted in pain and suffering on our island."

The suit says this "is not the first instance of the governor misinterpreting the scope of his authority" after Congress created the board. Rosselló has long maintained that the board's powers do not supersede his.

Read more: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/board-sues-puerto-rico-governor-amid-economic-crisis/article_692c26c3-8b1f-5a1d-8cab-49ea64b90130.html

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