On Friday January 12, 2018, Governor Ricardo Rosselló will hold a Central Florida Town Hall to hear about ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Maria, and policy issues impacting the island. This is an opportunity to demand more transparency for Puerto Ricans who continue to be trapped by inaction on relief from crushing debt, insufficient disaster aid to rebuild, lack of economic development programs to keep jobs on the island, or inefficiency re-establishing power to families and business.

HOW TO TAKE ACTION:

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Governor Rosselló, Puerto Ricans demand:
  1. Transparency, by live-streaming town hall meetings and taking questions from the virtual audience to ensure more Puerto Ricans can participate in the conversation
  2. Transparency, by making public his administration’s action plan for use of federal recovery funds and providing a public comment periodto ensure accountability
  3. Transparency, by communicating a concrete plan for restoring power, which is indispensable for families and businesses in the island

 

BACKGROUND:

We demand Governor Rosselló live-stream the town hall on Friday Jan 12 and take questions from the virtual audience to ensure more Puerto Ricans have a chance to participate:
In December 2017, after many attempts by the Government of Puerto Rico to lobby Congress for an exemption for Puerto Rico in the tax reform bill, the bill became law without addressing the adverse effects the law would have on the island. As a result, the Governor of Puerto Rico announced on January 2, 2018 that he is committed to organizing the Puerto Rican diaspora to pressure their Congressional representatives to do more for Puerto Rico or risk losing their vote in upcoming elections. Governor Rosselló will hold his first “organizing” town hall in Central Florida on January 12, 2018 to listen to the diaspora’s concerns about the recovery and others issues impacting the island.
We demand Governor Rosselló make public his administration’s action plan for the federal recovery funds that will be approved and provide a public comment period:
This is an opportunity to demand more transparency and action for Puerto Ricans who continue to be trapped by inaction on relief from crushing debt, disaster aid to rebuild and re-energize, economic development programs to keep jobs on the island, Medicaid funding or re-establishment of the power grid to all citizens.
We demand Governor Rosselló communicate a concrete plan for restoring power, which is indispensable for families and businesses in the island:
As of January 8, 2018, only 60 percent of Puerto Rico Energy Power Authority subscribers have power in their businesses or homes. Mayors – from both sides of the aisle – are demanding “clear and precise” information on when power will be restored in their municipalities. This information is crucial for government officials, families, and business to coordinate next steps.

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