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Thursday, May 11, 2006 

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Women demand solution to fiscal crisis

SAN JUAN (EFE) – A group of women gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to demand a prompt solution to the budget crisis that has affected female heads of household in Puerto Rico.

The group was comprised of female workers and professionals from both the private and public sector.

According to attorney Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, female workers constitute 58% of the workforce in the public sector.

"Enough already with not taking us into account. We are a majority,” said Rivera Lassén, who criticized the fact that no female was appointed to the consensus committee that was created Monday.

Rivera Lassén also said she supports the idea of taking out a loan to cover the budget deficit, but only if the government can guarantee that the source of repayment won’t include levying heavier taxes on working-class citizens.

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