Archive for Sunday, May 14, 2006

Governor’s signature ends partial shutdown

May 14, 2006

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— Puerto Rico's governor signed legislation on Saturday ending a partial government shutdown that closed the territory's public schools and idled half the government work force.

More than 100,000 government workers and a half-million students will return to work and classrooms Monday after a two-week break they never planned for was resolved with the signature.

"The government will reopen and return to normal on Monday," Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila said.

The end to the budget impasse came several hours after Puerto Rico's Senate authorized an emergency loan to fund the government's operations and payroll until the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Earlier, the opposition-dominated House unanimously approved the bailout hours after Acevedo warned that the deal to end the shutdown - which affected almost 10 percent of workers - could unravel if lawmakers failed to act.

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