Pierluisi presents agenda for the first 100 days of his administration

By The Star Staff

Governor-elect Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Monday presented his agenda for the first 100 days of his administration during a luncheon organized by the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce at La Concha Resort in Condado, San Juan.

Pierluisi told participants that he has an agreement with the Chamber’s plan for economic development.

The governor-elect said his priority will be to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic while jumpstarting the economy. He will be streamlining the permitting process, transforming the way people and merchants interact with the government, working so that students can return to the schools in a safe manner as soon as possible and establishing effective communication with the new administration of the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

While he plans to repeal the inventory tax paid by merchants on stored goods, Pierluisi said he will do so gradually because of the impact that it will have on municipalities, which depend on the tax. He said it will require legislative approval and he hopes that lawmakers from the Popular Democratic Party will work with him.

“We all want a government that functions and that facilitates economic development instead of hindering it,” Pierluisi said.

Regarding the governor’s latest executive order, Pierluisi said he supports the use of National Guard troops to help the Puerto Rico police enforce the new executive order that went into effect today and requires the use of masks and social distancing.

“Given the hike in cases, I think it is a good idea,” he said.

Pierluisi said he also wants to get the island out of bankruptcy but believes all plan support agreements should be negotiated from scratch because of the impact of the pandemic on the economy.

He also said he wants Puerto Rico to move aggressively to the use of renewable energy sources as the island’s power utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, only draws 3 percent of its energy from renewables.

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