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Foreign Taxation in Puerto Rico

A United States Senate subcommittee investigating U.S. companies that shelter overseas profits from taxation has found that Microsoft withheld up to $4.5 billion in federal taxes from 2009 to 2011 by transferring profits to a Puerto Rican subsidiary. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its citizens are U.S. citizens, but the… Read more »

The U.S. Flag with 51 Stars

  Puerto Rico has voted to become the 51st state of the Union. Congress, however, will have the final say on Puerto Rican statehood, giving residents of the fifty states influence in the decision making process as well.  It is an appropriate time for all Americans to discuss this issue and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of having a 51st state…. Read more »

A Bipartisan Call for Equal Rights and Responsibilities in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi ended his remarks at the Democratic National Convention last night with the assurance that President Obama “will stand with” Puerto Ricans “the day they choose to have the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow American citizens.” Imbedded in this statement is the recognition that not all U.S. citizens… Read more »

Puerto Rico in the Republican Party Platform

The 2012 Republican Party platform begins its section on Puerto Rico and the other territories by honoring “the extraordinary sacrifices of the men and women of the territories who protect our freedom through their service in the U.S. Armed Forces.” 

Puerto Rico at the Republican Convention

Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño opened his remarks at the Republican National Convention last night with a welcome of “buenas noches” and ended with “muchas gracias.”   In between, he explicitly told the convention delegates that in Puerto Rico “[l]ike in your home states, we raise and salute the American flag,” and described freedom as “the… Read more »

Puerto Ricans’ Growing Influence in Florida and Presidential Politics: Part II

Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns are paying more attention than ever to Florida’s Puerto Ricans this election cycle.  Most recently, President Obama visited Orlando in early August, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio visited the same area that day to campaign for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Puerto Ricans’ Growing Influence in Florida and Presidential Politics

Florida may soon surpass New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans, and with this growth has come significant political implications. In Florida, the Puerto Rican population has ballooned over the last decade, expanding from 482,027 in 2000 to 847,550 in 2010, a growth rate of 75 percent.

Hawaii Celebrates Statehood

Today Hawaii is celebrating its 53rd anniversary of becoming a State, and there is much to celebrate. Remembering Hawaii’s attainment of statehood on August 21, 1959, former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) recalls the celebration in the streets – civil defense horns wailing, church bells peeling, ship whistles blaring and motorists honking their horns.  She has… Read more »