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Puerto Rico approves measures to manage debt load

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Puerto Rico's Senate has approved several measures to help the U.S. territory increase its borrowing capacity and better manage a $70 billion public debt load that has worried investors.

One measure would create a corporation responsible for issuing bonds to help refinance some of the $590 million in debt held by the island's municipalities. The corporation would use a portion of revenues generated through an existing sales and use tax to guarantee payment.

Another measure would create a special fund for those revenues that would be overseen by the Government Development Bank.

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A vacant building in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Legislators approved the measures late Thursday, saying the bills also would improve the liquidity of the Government Development Bank as it prepares to re-enter the bond market.

The island's governor is expected to sign the measures soon.

By The Associated Press