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  • Puerto Rico Senators Override Veto, Halt Tax Increase

  • Garcia said that legislators who overrode his veto acted irresponsibly and that they did not identify any new sources of badly needed revenue

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 29, file 2015 photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico’s Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla said on Sunday, May 1, 2016, that negotiators for the U.S. territory’s government have failed to reach a last-minute deal to avoid a third default and that he has issued an executive order to withhold payment. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File), photo: AP/Ricardo Arduengo

26 of May 2016 15:01:33

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico's governor has lost a battle to increase a business-to-business tax and impose a transition to a value-added tax system amid an economic crisis.Senators on Thursday gathered enough votes to approve a bill previously vetoed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who warned their actions would push the U.S. territory into deeper financial trouble. The bill prevents an increase of the business-to-business tax from 4 percent to 10.5 percent from going into effect next week.Garcia said that legislators who overrode his veto acted irresponsibly and that they did not identify any new sources of badly needed revenue.Puerto Rico is floundering amid 10 years of economic stagnation and faces a $70 billion public debt load that Garcia has said is unpayable and needs restructuring.



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