Board sues Puerto Rico governor amid economic crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances sued the United States (US) Territory’s governor on Wednesday, saying he refuses to submit required documents and has approved tens of millions of dollars in unbudgetted spending amid a 13-year recession.

The board also accused Governor Ricardo Rossello of signing nearly two dozen joint resolutions to appropriate funds for expenditures not approved by board-certified budgets.

“Puerto Rico cannot fall back into an era of uncontrolled spending,” board chairman Richard Carrion said. “This led us into bankruptcy and resulted in pain and suffering on our island.”

The suit said this “is not the first instance of the governor misinterpreting the scope of his authority” after Congress created the board. Rossello has long maintained that the board’s powers do not supersede his.

A spokeswoman for Rossello referred questions to Christian Sobrino, the governor’s representative on the board. Sobrino said in a statement that officials are evaluating the lawsuit and that Rossello’s administration has always sought to maintain fiscal responsibility.

Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello. – AP