The bad news came via certified letter to Norma Jimenez, Edna Rodriguez and nearly 17,000 other Puerto Ricans this month. To cut spending, Puerto Rico announced last month that thousands of government employees would be fired in the second round of layoffs this year.
Puerto Rico’s Gov. Luis Fortuno on Tuesday outlined a plan that would cut spending by $2 billion per year and slash government payrolls by what could be more than 30,000 workers, or 10 percent of the government’s work force. “It’s up to us to confront the bitter reality that the government is bankrupt,” he said in a televised address