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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 »

Tim Kaine Is Thinking about Puerto Rico

In an interview with  El Nuevo Dia, Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia), the Democratic vice presidential candidate, answered a number of questions about Puerto Rico. Kaine affirmed that the plebiscite in November 2012 was a clear rejection of the current territorial status. “I think those were clear results in 2012,” Kaine said. In the 2012 vote,… Read more »

Republicans Commit to Statehood Plan

The national Republican Party adopted a plan to make Puerto Rico a State in its Platform agreed to by the 2016 Republican National Convention Monday night. The plan supports the “right” of the territory to become a State and recognizes its 2012 rejection of territory status and embrace of statehood over nationhood. A plebiscite under… Read more »


PROMESA, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, was signed into law by President Obama late yesterday. Puerto Rico is still expected to default on its constitutionally-guaranteed debt today, but PROMESA is intended to prevent the “death spiral into chaos” that leaders have been predicting. President Obama expressed his support of the bill at the… Read more »

4/5 of Florida Puerto Ricans: Statehood? Yes

Support for statehood for Puerto Rico among the voters who may decide the next presidential election continues to grow, according to a new scientific poll. The poll surveyed voters of Puerto Rican origin in Florida. The State is widely considered to be a top ‘Swing State’ that may decide the election. The votes of Puerto… Read more »

Pierluisi Concedes to Rosselló in Race for Governor

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi has conceded to Ricardo Rosselló in the race to become the New Progressive Party’s (NPP) 2016 gubernatorial candidate. “It hurts me on a personal basis, but at the same time I must say that the cause [the NPP] stands for is bigger than the personal aspirations of its leaders,”… Read more »