Puerto Rico Pays Gov’t Employees $100 Million in Bonuses After Asking for $94 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief


Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares asked federal taxpayers to pay $94 billion towards the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, then reportedly spent $100 million on Christmas bonuses for the territory’s government employees.

The governor’s aides argue that the bonuses had been part of the budget approved last summer and that they are a longstanding tradition allowed under the law, the Washington Times reports.

Rossello requested the $94 billion federal aid package in November, estimating that $31 billion of the funds would go toward rebuilding homes and $18 billion would go toward repairing electric utilities.

The budget, however, had been approved before Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the U.S. territory begging for federal aid.

Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board, established by Congress in 2016 to bail the territory out of defaulting on its debt, called the bonuses “imprudent” and said the governor should rethink his allocation of government funds in light of the recent hurricanes.

“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 (R-CA), a member of the House committee with oversight over Puerto Rico, told the Washington Times in a statement after the bonuses had been revealed.

19 Comments on Puerto Rico Pays Gov’t Employees $100 Million in Bonuses After Asking for $94 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief

  1. If we divide Puerto Rico so that each American gets a land lot, how much would we pay for it. Now how much is it costing us ???
    I want my Oceanfront Lot !

  2. You really got a hair across your ass on this one. Didn’t you post this a couple days ago? But I agree the worthless greasers are always going to milk us for money

  3. The bastards are bankrupt, they give $100,000,000.00 to government deadbeats, then ask for $94,000,000,000.00 to fix their shitty little island?!?!

  4. You might recall that Puerto Rico asked our military to leave during Bush 43, and refused us access to the bombing range on Vieques island.

    So they serve us no purpose and their citizens should haven had their US citizenship’s revoked as the a result of that insult.
    You aren’t Americans and your people aren’t allowed here. You disrespected us. Good bye.

  5. like we discussed the other night … cede PR back to Spain … tell ’em it’s for the potential loss of Catalan

    btw, first time I ever heard of gubmint employees getting a Christmas bonus

  6. It sure would be interesting for a Congresscritter to create a bill to remove Puerto Rico as a protectorate of the United States and let them go it alone as their own country. At the end of the day what worth is Puerto Rico to the US?

  7. Government fraud waste and abuse always works this way.

    Build low income housing in Pakistan?

    Ok, build: spa, swimming pool, 4 lane road, tennis court. We are over budget, we need money for the house part.

  8. Since they’ve made corruption legal, it’s OK?

    They’re just trying to emulate the corruption in the US House, Senate, Executive, and Supreme Court.

    izlamo delenda est …


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