Trump Budget Increases Puerto Rico Medicaid by $600 Million

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget proposal to increase Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico – which would essentially enable spending to continue at the current level – was a surprise that raises bigger questions. The proposal calls for Medicaid funding of $1,592.694,000 during the year that begins October 1st compared with spending this year of 1,631.834,000… Read more »

MacArthur Introduces Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has introduced HR 2429, the Puerto Rico Task Force Economic Empowerment Act, in the House of Representatives. The comprehensive bill includes measures designed to “support businesses in Puerto Rico, improve health funding for Puerto Rico, and promote security in Puerto Rico.” An important part of the proposal is a set of measures… Read more »

Velázquez Introduces Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), who is the lead Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, has introduced a new bill, “The Puerto Rico Small Business Assistance Act,” designed to spur small business growth and entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.” “We’ve seen time and again throughout the U.S. how entrepreneurship can be a path out of… Read more »

Puerto Rico Debt Syllabus

The Puerto Rico Debt Syllabus is collection of links to articles, websites, and multimedia on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. It was recently launched by the Unpayable Debt Working Group.It constitutes an impressive storehouse of references for teachers of geography, economics, digital literacy, and critical thinking. The resources are divided into six groupings: HISTORICAL CONTEXT THE… Read more »

Trump Administration Calls for Pro-Growth Economic Policies for Puerto Rico

The Trump Administration’s Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on the recent federal omnibus spending legislation (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017) includes a section on the new administration’s position on Puerto Rico. First, noting the legislation’s inclusion of close to $300 million for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, the SAP states that the White House is “disappointed”… Read more »

Velasquez and Serrano Express Concern About Austerity Measures to PROMESA Board

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. José E. Serrano (D-NY) have written to the PROMESA fiscal oversight board to encourage caution about implementing austerity measures. “We are pleased,” they wrote in the May 11 letter “that last week the Financial Oversight Management Board for Puerto Rico took advantage of the powerful court-supervised restructuring tools provided by… Read more »

Senators and Board Discuss PROMESA

On April 7, two U.S. Senators, Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), wrote a letter to the PROMESA fiscal oversight management board [FOMB] expressing concern that the Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is not compliant with the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The letter went on to list those concerns:… Read more »

Can Federal Courts Decide Territorial Status?

After “We the People Project” (WTTP) lost its case seeking a judicial declaration redefining territorial citizenship rights, WTPP founder and leader Neil Weare was undaunted. He displayed intrepid political spin skills by insisting repudiation of his legal theory by the federal judiciary in the Tuaua territorial citizenship case was a successful challenge to obsolete federal… Read more »

Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico?

Last week, the PROMESA oversight board commenced a federal restructuring initiative under Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) in the U.S. District Court of the District of Puerto Rico. Prior to the filing, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that his administration has asked the PROMESA board to approve the… Read more »

Can Puerto Rico Have Equality Without Statehood?

Territorial rights activist Neil Weare has been raising funds from donors in the U.S. territories since 2013 for “We the People Project” (WTPP). As founder and President of WTPP, Mr. Weare uses the non-profit’s funds to bring lawsuits on behalf of carefully selected individual clients denied full citizenship rights while residing in U.S. territories. There… Read more »