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Director of troubled Puerto Rico transport agency resigns

January 10, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The heads of three government agencies in Puerto Rico have resigned over two days.

The latest resignation involves the executive director of the island’s troubled Highway and Transportation Authority.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Saturday that Javier Ramos will step down Jan. 20. He oversaw an agency that owes Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank $2.2 billion and is the target of a proposed 68 percent excise tax increase to help refinance at least $1 billion of its loans.

Garcia announced Friday that the Department of Corrections secretary and the president of the Environmental Quality Board were stepping down as well.

The resignations come as the U.S. territory struggles through a nearly decade-long economic slump while battling a high unemployment rate and $73 billion in public debt.

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