During his four years as governor of Puerto Rico (2009-2013) Governor Luis Fortuño fired 30,000 government workers, raised consumer taxes, rolled back pensions, laid off teachers and closed schools.
During those same four years the governor’s wife, Luz Eufemia Vela Gutiérrez, had a sudden career boom: her yearly income as a lawyer rocketed from $70,000 to $330,000 per year.
In addition, the governor’s wife rode an elegant limousine to and from her private law office every day. The limousine and its driver, were paid by the government of Puerto Rico.
The governor’s wife also charged over $50,000 in personal expenses: to do her hair, make-up, and nails. These were paid to Bloom Beauty Salon and the Amado Salón de Belleza, by the government of Puerto Rico.
The beauty makeover of Doña Luz…paid by the people of Puerto Rico
Apparently, an annual income spike from $70,000 to $330,000 was not enough for the Fortuño family. They also forced the people of Puerto Rico to pay over $100,000 for the wife’s personal limousine, and over $50,000 for her hair, nails and make-up.
This all occurred during a time of great pain and austerity throughout the island…with 30,000 families losing their main source of income, 400,000 people unemployed, and hundreds of thousands more moving off the island.
“Let them eat cake,” said the governor’s wife.
…as she sat in her elegant limousine, with a private chauffeur, en route to the Amado Salón de Belleza, to get her nails done, all paid by the people of Puerto Rico.