SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's crisis-ridden finances is suing the island's governor for refusing to impose furloughs and take other measures to save money.
The lawsuit filed Monday further raises tensions between the governor and the board, which is demanding public employee furloughs and a pension reform as Puerto Rico tries to restructure a portion of its $74 billion public debt load. The board also requested an injunction to prohibit Gov. Ricardo Rossello from refusing to comply.
Rossello said he believes his administration has met the objectives outlined in a fiscal plan recently approved by the board. He also said that furloughs for more than 130,000 employees that the board says should take effect on Sept. 1 aren't needed at this time.