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More Deaths than Births Expected in Puerto Rico in 2016

The Planning Board expects there to be more deaths than births in the United States territory of Puerto Rico this year for the first time since the agency began recording this statistic in 1935. The Puerto Rico agency estimates deaths in 2016 at 28,900 and births at 28,200. Officials said that the only age group… Read more »

Puerto Rico Governor Refuses to Revise Fiscal Plan

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (Popular Democratic Party/PPD) this morning refused to amend the fiscal adjustment plan that he submitted to the territory’s federally-imposed Financial Oversight and Management Board five weeks ago. The refusal contradicts the Federal PROMESA law that the Governor sought, which established the Board and gave the panel overriding control of… Read more »

Congressional Task Force May Recommend New Federal Funds for Children

El Nuevo Dia is reporting this morning that the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth for Puerto Rico has agreed to recommend and advance legislation in favor of full inclusion of residents of Puerto Rico in the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Rep. Nydia Velazquez has indicated that there will be draft legislation after Thanksgiving, according… Read more »

Puerto Rico Poised to Vote for New Course

New Progressive Party (PNP) gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rossello (D) led Popular Democrat (PPD) David Bernier (D) 41%-33% November 1st-4th in a six-candidate race in the latest edition of the most reliable poll in Puerto Rico. PNP resident commissioner in the U.S. House of Representatives nominee Jenniffer Gonzalez (R) was ahead of PPD hopeful Hector Ferrer… Read more »

Puerto Rican Baseball Players Continue Friendly Rivalry at World Series

As the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs face each other in the World Series, special attention is being paid to two Puerto Rican infielders who have an unusually friendly rivalry: Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez. Both players are natives of Puerto Rico, and both moved with their families from the U.S. territory to the State of… Read more »

NPP, Statehood Maintain Lead in Puerto Rico Polls

New Progressive Party (NPP) gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rossello led PDP hopeful David Bernier, Gov. Garcia’s former Secretary of State, 39.01% to 30.73% in a poll of 1,074 voters in Puerto Rico October 15th. Two independents had 13.97% and 12.1% respectively, and the two ’third party’ aspirants had 3.82% and .37% support. NPP U.S. House nominee… Read more »

Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico Releases Status Update

The Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico, which was created under a mandate from the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), released a status update on Thursday. The Task Force, headed by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), is charged with creating policy recommendations which will promote economic growth and long-term prosperity in Puerto… Read more »

PROMESA Board Members Announced

The Obama administration is expected to announce at 4:00 pm today the seven appointees to the PROMESA fiscal oversight board, according to Bloomberg news and other sources. The Republican appointees are expected to be: Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and former principal deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration; José Carrión, Partner at San Juan insurance… Read more »