Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced signed House Joint Resolution 737 to allocate $ 20 million to entities and institutions semi-public, public and private whose activities or services tend to the development of programs and social welfare, health, education, culture and improve the quality of life of Puerto Ricans.
These funds come from the Joint Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2020-2021.
Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, Go Go Go Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican League Against Cancer, SER of Puerto Rico, the Society for Deaf Children of Puerto Rico, the Ruth Home for Battered Women and the House Protected Julia De Burgos are just some of the 511 entities that receive financial aid as part of the $ 20 million approved in the measure signed by the governor.
On the other hand, Vázquez Garced clarified that other amounts that were included as reallocations, which were not part of the original $ 20 million, received a line veto.
“Regarding the reallocations of funds from previous fiscal years that were included as amendments during the legislative process in the Joint Resolution, I have been forced to issue a line veto. Although I support said reallocations in principle, they are contrary to the pronouncements of the Federal Court when interpreting the PROMESA law on this type of reallocation of funds from previous years. Unfortunately, they have said on more than one occasion that it is necessary to obtain the endorsement in advance of the Fiscal Oversight Board (JSF). For that reason, and in order to safeguard the $ 20 million in donations from the original measure, which would be at risk if the entire measure is paralyzed in court as part of a judicial process, I have vetoed the line items that they would create controversy by not using the proper process. This would have been disastrous for the more than 500 organizations that can now receive non-controversial funds, “said the first executive.
“Despite this, I have instructed the Office of Management and Budget to immediately present a Budgetary Approach to the Board for said body to evaluate and authorize the items that I was forced to veto, so that they can work without risking the disbursement of the $ 20 million assigned. I trust that the request will be evaluated and approved promptly and sensitively by the Board for the benefit of non-profit entities, which provide so many services to our communities in Puerto Rico, ”concluded Vázquez Garced.