NO RELIEF FROM DROUGHT THIS WEEK
A tropical wave that is likely to pass over the south of the island on Tuesday is
not expected to leave significant rainfall behind, according to the island's water
utility and the National Weather Service. Water rationing was expanded last
Thursday to cover Guaynabo, parts of Bayamón and Montehiedra in Río Piedras.
RESIDENT ASSOCIATIONS EXEMPT FROM NEW TAX
From Caribbean Business:
A House bill that calls for exempting condominiums, cooperatives and resident
associations from the 4% professional services tax set to kick in October 1 was
signed into law by La Fortaleza, avoiding a potential hike to maintenance fees
for hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rico residents. Although H.B. 2534, led by
New Progressive Party (NPP) House Minority Leader Jenniffer González, was
part of a list of key bills the Senate didn’t vote on during the last day of the past
legislative session, the lower chamber decided the same day to concur with the
upper chamber’s original amendments to the bill, allowing the House to send
the measure to the governor’s desk for immediate enactment.
GOV'T MAKES PAYROLL WITH TRANS
From The San Juan Daily Star:
Government workers should not worry about their paychecks because the govern-
ment will keep paying them, at a cost of $250 million every 15 days, House Spea-
ker Jaime Perelló says. A key bill that has secured legislative passage and that is
expected to be signed into law this week will boost cash flow for government
operations by allowing it to raise $400 million in tax and revenue anticipation no-
tes (TRANs). The government will raise the cash for the notes from three public
nsurance corporations, according to various media outlets.
PASTAFARIAN CHURCH COMES TO PR
As reported by Metro PR, the satirical and liberal leaning Church of the Flying
Spaghetti Monster has been officially registered as a non-profit organization with
the Puerto Rico Department of State. The religion's adherents, known as Pastafa-
rians, claim to promote a culture of peace and diversity. The Church has stated that
it will conduct same-sex weddings in Puerto Rico.