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Government Shutdown Looms in Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico is at risk of a partial government shutdown Monday as politicians struggle to solve the commonwealth's budget crisis.

The United States' Caribbean island territory is facing a budget shortfall of nearly $1 billion in the fiscal year that ends June 30. Unless a last-minute agreement is reached on new taxes, a supplementary line of credit or some other emergency funding plan, Puerto Rico's governor says he will have close public schools and cut off salary payments for nearly 100,000 public workers.

Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila says essential health and security services keep operating.

The opposition-controlled legislature and the governor have been battling over details of a tax plan to raise operating funds. Both sides are calling for a sales tax, which would be a first for Puerto Rico.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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