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Puerto Rico to probe $34M in government bonuses

January 3, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The president of Puerto Rico’s Senate is requesting that legislators investigate why the state-owned power company recently awarded nearly $34 million in bonuses amid an economic crisis.

Eduardo Bhatia said Friday that he regrets public funds were used for what he called unjustified bonuses.

The push for an investigation comes as the government prepares to overhaul the power company amid corruption allegations and complaints that bills are on average more than twice that of the U.S. mainland.

Puerto Rico depends on oil to generate nearly 70 percent of its power.

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