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Treasury chief: Most public employees will receive pay raises

Treasury Secretary Francisco Parés Alicea

By The Star Staff

Treasury Secretary Francisco Parés Alicea said Wednesday that the money needed to grant a salary increase to most public employees will appear, stating that Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia “found an alternative.”

“Trust the finance team at @GovPierluisi,” Parés Alicea said through a message posted on his Twitter social network account. “The governor found a viable and immediate alternative. It is up to us to string together a budget that meets his vision. I am convinced that together with all branches of government we will achieve this goal.”

Likewise, Parés Alicea affirmed that the increases include the employees of the Treasury Department.

“Words are unnecessary, actions are the key,” he said. “The teachers expect an increase in their salary, and that is what they are going to see in their bank accounts. We will also achieve it in a significant part of the public sector, including my colleagues from the Treasury.”

Regarding the salary increase for teachers, Parés Alicea argued that he should seek $360 million to continue the salary increase after 2024, when the use of aid money from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund ends.

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