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Obama Appoints Puerto Rico Control Board after Bond Default

The Obama administration has picked seven people to serve on a financial control board overseeing the restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt burden and $43 billion unfunded pension liability. Under congressional legislation signed after the island

Puerto Rico bailout (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Puerto Rico Defaults on $73 Billion in Debt at 5 PM

With the governor of Puerto Rico refusing to pay interest on $370 million of $73 billion of debt by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2, the U.S. territory will enter the third-largest default in history of the planet.

Puerto Rico bailout (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Conservatives Blast Puerto Rico $33B Debt Forgiveness

Although House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned that Congress needs to “bring order to the chaos” in Puerto Rico, conservative House Republicans are giving the cold shoulder to a plan that would let Puerto Rico wipe out $33 billion of its $73 billion debt in bankruptcy.

San Bernadino (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters)

Pensions Earthquake: San Bernardino Defaults–After Bankruptcy

San Bernardino, which owed almost $10 million on its pension bond debt ever since it declared bankruptcy in 2012, has defaulted, according to Reuters. Since September, the city has avoided dealing with the bondholders, who have been left out in the cold.

Stockton (Max Whittaker / Reuters)

Stockton Humbly Emerges from 31 Months of Bankruptcy

The City of Stockton emerged from bankruptcy on Wednesday, February 25, after a 31-month ordeal. There were no winners in trying to restructure over $2 billion in debt and obligations. Nearly half of non-safety city employees were dumped, the survivors’ wages were cut by up to 23 percent, and retirees lost $500 million in lifetime medical benefits. Bondholders and creditors are receiving pennies on the dollar. Hopefully the sad lessons about what happened to Stockton might help other California cities to control spending.