SAN JUAN - Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño on Friday promised he will bring fiscal change to the commonwealth to help cultivate long-term growth and address immediate budget challenges.

The pledge comes as officials announced that the fiscal 2009 budget deficit now totals $3.4 billion, up from the $3.2 billion shortfall calculated in January. Treasury Secretary Juan Puig-Morales Friday released the new deficit figure during a credit conference hosted by the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico.

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