Here’s a story that belongs in the “Are you kidding me!?” category. America was stunned when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The U.S. commonwealth was decimated by the powerful storm. Roads, homes, and vital infrastructure was wiped away.
It wasn’t a huge surprise, though. We learned that the commonwealth had been misrun for years. Their incompetent officials neglected the region’s needs. The infrastructure was crumbling. Apparently, they never expected a hurricane to hit.
Turns out, they haven’t learned. A huge chunk of money was allocated to repair the region. What did their leaders do? Oh, give massive bonus to their employees.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares asked federal taxpayers to pay $94 billion towards the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, then reportedly spent $100 million on Christmas bonuses for the territory’s government employees…
Rossello requested the $94 billion federal aid package in November, estimating that $31 billion of the funds would go toward rebuilding homes and $18 billion would go toward repairing electric utilities…
Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board, established by Congress in 2016 to bail the territory out of defaulting on its debt, called the bonuses “imprudent” and said the governor should rethink his allocation of government funds in light of the recent hurricanes.
“Puerto Rico has demonstrated time and time again that its government is incapable of responsibly handling its finances. This is yet another such instance,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), a member of the House committee with oversight over Puerto Rico, told the Washington Times in a statement after the bonuses had been revealed.
I mean, at least try to hide your corruption. Puerto Rico is still rebuilding from the storm. They desperately need funds. Yet when the government provides, their leaders waste millions on bonuses.
Yeah, considering the state of the region, none of you deserve a dime!
This is the kind of bloated corruption that has flourished in government for years. The incompetence of the Obama administration allowed this. The corrupt, dishonest, and pathetic leadership allowed crooks to get away with this kind of thing.
Under the Trump administration, leaders have to actually do their jobs. You can’t suck taxpayers dry, then give your buddies a fat payday. Those days are gone.
I won’t be surprised if Congress makes a few changes to how it deals with Puerto Rico. Moving forward.