Posts Categorized: Top Stories

Pierluisi Requests Guidance from the Obama Administration on Status Vote

Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s only representative in the U.S. Congress, wrote a letter to President Obama on January 6th, 2015, asking for either the President or Attorney General to provide guidance to the people of Puerto Rico as to whether a federally sponsored yes-or-no vote on statehood would satisfy the requirements of the January 2014 federal law… Read more »

Obama Likely to Release Puerto Rico Independence Crimes Prisoner

President Obama is likely to end the long prison term of a member of a U.S. terrorist group that tried to pressure the Federal government into granting independence to Puerto Rico. The expected release appears to be related to the President’s restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government, the related release of Cuban spies… Read more »

The Top 10 Stories of 2014

Since our inception in 2012, the PUERTO RICO REPORT has been a cutting edge source of news, information and analysis about Puerto Rico.  We strive to provide historic context to breaking news from and about the United States’ most populous territory, including easy access to original documents.  We are grateful to our many readers for coming to… Read more »

Obama Likely to Release Puerto Rico Independence Crimes Prisoner

President Obama is likely to end the long prison term of a member of a U.S. terrorist group that tried to pressure the Federal government into granting independence to Puerto Rico. The expected release appears to be related to the President’s restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government, the related release of Cuban spies by… Read more »

What Did the GAO Say about Statehood?

Social media has recently been flooded with claims that the GAO, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, said that Puerto Rico as a State would be too expensive for the United States, or that statehood would be bad for Puerto Rico’s economy. The nonpartisan congressional investigative agency said neither in its report on treating the territory… Read more »

Territory Worst ‘State’ in Nation Financially: 51 of 51

Puerto Rico is the worst “state” in the nation fiscally, according to Barron’s, the country’s leading weekly newspaper on financial matters. A cover story entitled, “The Best and Worst States” identified the territory as Number 51 of 51 “states” — the worst … and by far. Although Puerto Rico is not a State of the… Read more »

New US House Chairman Open to Status Choice

The next chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives committee with general jurisdiction over the governing of U.S. territories has suggested that he would support legislation providing for Puerto Ricans to vote on the territory’s status. Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah) voted against a bill that the House passed in 2010, which would have provided for… Read more »

New Fed Tax Disproves ‘Commonwealth Tax Autonomy’

Healthcare insurance companies in Puerto Rico were recently forced to pay a Federal tax levied by the 2010 Federal healthcare reform known as ‘Obamacare.’ The tax is the latest Federal action to disprove the “commonwealth” party’s assertion that the territory has “fiscal autonomy.” Party leaders say the phrase means that the Federal government cannot tax… Read more »

66% in Poll Would Not Vote for “Commonwealth” Party Gov. Garcia

Midway through his term, Puerto Rico Governor Garcia Padilla badly trails his two potential statehood party opponents, according to a poll out today that has had a good track record in past elections. In head to head match-ups — * Ricky Rossello, son of a former governor, would get 43% of the vote, Garcia Padilla… Read more »

Commonwealth Has Spent its 2019 Obamacare Money & A Lot of 2018’s

The Commonwealth government has already spent almost all of its ‘Obamacare’ Federal grants for 2019 and much of its grants for 2018. If it continues to spend the additional money for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program provided by the 2010 Federal healthcare reform at the current rate, it will use up all of the funding provided… Read more »