Código X37 demuestra que el gobierno excluyó de su lista oficial muertes certificadas como relacionadas al huracán María

Las muertes identificadas con el código X37 representan solo una parte del total de muertes que pudieran estar relacionadas al huracán, ya que hubo muchas que no se certificaron con ese código, aunque sí estuvieron relacionadas. Y también hay casos, como los muertos por leptospirosis, que el gobierno ha admitido que estuvieron relacionados al huracán, aunque muchos no han sido añadidos a la lista de 64.

Cantera or the Neglect of Public Policy to Tackle Poverty

The quintessential image that portrays the history of the Cantera community in San Juan dates back to 1989, when residents met in a house garage to assign each other tasks and assume their own reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. It sparked a community organization process, which in turn led to the establishment of a public corporation to meet the needs of the impoverished sector and work with its residents to improve their living conditions. Three decades later, Cantera is in agony and after enduring hurricane María, it now faces the shutdown of the Company for the Integral Development of the Cantera Peninsula, as proposed by the Fiscal Plan certified in April by Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Control Board (FCB). The measure, although approved by the FCB, is not an idea of the entity imposed by the federal government. It shows up in internal documents of the Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares administration, which in October 2017 — a month after María — contemplated closing down the public corporation.

Companies with Shady Background Interested in Contract Bid to Transfer Puerto Rico’s Inmates to the US

Last Tuesday, 13 men and three women met in a room at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR, for its initials in Spanish.)  They were waiting for the Auction Board’s orientation regarding its Request for Proposals for the relocation of 3,200 Puerto Rico prisoners to U.S. private jails. An experiment that was done before and failed. Seated on the first row was Brian Ferrell, VP of Proposals Development for CoreCivic, one of the leading administrators of private prisons in the United States. Next to him was Attorney Lizzie Portela-Fernández, of McConnell Valdés, a legal firm that lobbies in favor of CoreCivic in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. Also, in the first row, but on the opposite side, were Dan Joslin and Mike Murphy, executives of Management Training Corporation.

La farsa de la Junta

El Código de Ética, los informes de Intereses Financieros, su publicación, los comunicados, la mentada transparencia, todo es una farsa, porque lamentablemente los informes no los completan, no cumplen con las fechas y no todos lo que tienen que radicar informes lo hacen. Más frustrante aún es que, aunque cumplieran con divulgar lo que piden los informes, esa información no sería suficiente para identificar conflictos de intereses, evitar actuaciones indebidas o enriquecimiento injusto. Además, sabemos que si se pone muy caliente la cosa o se les presenta oportunidad de contrato$$$, con renunciar o anunciar un supuesto divorcio es suficiente para que aparentemente se extinga la obligación de informar y andar por la libre. Todo es un engaño. No denunciarlo, es ser cómplice.

The Fantasy of the Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico

The most recent version of Puerto Rico’s fiscal plan for its central government would chart the future of the country, giving some degree of certainty to citizens, businesses and investors to bet on the island’s dismal economy. Yet it is built on economic projections totally incompatible with the historical experience of places that have been destroyed by hurricanes the world over. The plan also clashes with what has been Puerto Rico’s economic trajectory. In the past 30 years, the economy has never reached annual growth such as that estimated for fiscal year 2019 by the financial team of Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares. The group is led by Christian Sobrino, governor’s representative before the Fiscal Control Board (FCB), chief economic adviser to the governor, president of the Government Development Bank and chairman of the Financial Advisory & Fiscal Agency Authority (AAFAF by its Spanish acronym); and Gerardo Portela, executive director of AAFAF and by virtue of his position, member of the boards of directors of all public corporations.

La fantasía del Plan Fiscal para Puerto Rico

Pese a toda la inversión de tiempo y fondos públicos, todos los planes coinciden a rasgos generales en las medidas basadas en proyecciones de crecimiento de la economía de Puerto Rico no sustentadas, que demuestran el alto nivel de incertidumbre que permea el proceso. Además, los planes comparten un problema esencial: ninguno refleja realmente lo que será el futuro de Puerto Rico ya que será el Tribunal Federal y el proceso de reestructuración de la deuda lo que al final del día decida cuánto dinero habrá disponible para la operación del Gobierno y cuánto irá destinado al pago la deuda pública.