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Officials: Puerto Rico gov seeks to close schools, agencies

Officials: Puerto Rico governor seeks to close schools, agencies to balance budget

Officials: Puerto Rico gov seeks to close schools, agencies

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Officials say Puerto Rico's governor is seeking to close 95 schools and consolidate 20 public agencies as part of a proposed budget that calls for $600 million in cuts.

Gubernatorial chief of staff Victor Suarez says all agencies will see cuts in their budgets except police, agriculture and public universities.

Few other details were released after Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla met privately on Tuesday with officials of Puerto Rico's nearly 80 public agencies to talk about a proposed $9.8 billion budget that he expects to make public on Wednesday.

Garcia on Monday also submitted a measure that calls for increasing the island's sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent. Legislators have not yet debated the bill.


Updated : 2021-09-27 03:37 GMT+08:00