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The Legal Reality of Free Association

Puerto Rico has never chosen independence, but it is a viable option under the U.S. Constitution. If Puerto Rico suddenly decided to become independent, there would be a choice between two forms of independence: independence as a sovereign nation with no special ties to the United States, and independence as a Free Associated State in… Read more »

Puerto Rico to Vote on Status on June 11

Governor Ricardo Rossello (New Progressive Party/PNP) is expected to sign into law as early as today a bill that he supported which would hold a plebiscite in the islands between statehood and nationhood under a 2014 Federal law. The Legislative Assembly completed action on the bill last night. The vote would be conducted June 11th…. Read more »

Trump Nominee Pledges Bipartisan Solution to Puerto Rico Problems

During his nomination hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin told a Democratic Senator that with respect to the territory’s challenges, “we need to figure out a bipartisan solution.” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) used a portion of his remarks to address the unequal treatment of Puerto Rico. He explained:… Read more »

New Puerto Rico Status Vote

In 2014, Washington approved a $2.5 million appropriation for a new status plebiscite in Puerto Rico, the first federally funded vote on the Island’s status. Former governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla promised to hold the plebiscite in 2016, but this did not take place. Now, the Puerto Rico legislature is considering a bill to hold the… Read more »

6 Things People Think Trump Said about Puerto Rico

A number of statements about Puerto Rico have been attributed to Donald Trump, but not all those claims are accurate. Here are a few of the things Trump was reported to have said about Puerto Rico: That Palestinians should be moved to Puerto Rico. This claim comes from the satirical website, The Mideast Beast. That… Read more »

Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth for Puerto Rico Urges Quick Action on Medicaid, Highlights Inequalities Between Puerto Rico and States

The Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico has released its final report, recommending legislation in early 2017 to address an impending Medicaid “cliff” on the island as well as an expansion of the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC) in Puerto Rico, a closer look at inequities throughout the federal government and careful consideration… Read more »

PROMESA Board Prescribes Fiscal Remedies

The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board today wrote Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla and Governor-Elect Ricardo Rossello with its initial fiscal prescriptions for the territorial government. The Board disclosed that it will adhere to its previously-determined schedule of beginning conversations with creditors this week but added that it will work with the insular government… Read more »