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Miss Universe Puerto Rico

Since 1952, women have competed in the international beauty contest known as the Miss Universe pageant.  Eight of the Miss Universe title holders have represented the United States.  Venezuela has produced six winning contestants. Which nation has produced the next largest number of winners? The answer is not a nation at all: it’s Puerto Rico,… Read more »

Puerto Rico Governor’s Aide Wrong on Jobless Rate

The secretary general of Puerto Rico’s “commonwealth” party Monday erroneously claimed that actions of Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla had lowered the territory’s unemployment rate to 14.6% in January and that this was the lowest rate since January 2008, according to newspaper El Nuevo Dia. Jorge Suárez Cáceres made the assertions in an attack on Puerto Rico’s… Read more »

What Does It Mean to Be a Territory?

  Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Just what does that mean? As the United States grew from the thirteen original colonies, land was added to the nation in a variety of ways.  Sometimes land was seized by conquest, other times it was purchased from other nations, and then there was the simple method of… Read more »

Powerful national groups oppose Puerto Rico ocean shipping law exemptions

The idea of exempting Puerto Rico from the law requiring that ocean shipping between U.S. ports be on U.S. built, owned, and registered vessels with primarily U.S. crews has been rejected by two groups with great influence in official Washington. The nation’s largest labor organization, the AFL-CIO, and the coalition of U.S. ship builders, owners,… Read more »

School Lunches in Puerto Rico

Since the 1960s, schools in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico have provided affordable hot lunches for children and subsidized the meals of children who needed that help. A 2012 study determined that the costs of providing school lunches for Alaska and Hawaii were greater than related costs in the 48 contiguous states, but the researchers… Read more »

New Study of U.S. Ocean Freight Law and Puerto Rico Inconclusive

A major Federal study released today that examines the application of the primary Federal ocean freight law to Puerto Rico — and exempting the territory from it, as some in the islands have advocated — raises as many questions as it answers. The law, known as the Jones Act, requires that shipping between U.S. ports be on vessels… Read more »

“The Commonwealth”: Does It Matter What We Call It?

The big news lately out of Puerto Rico has often been about sports. It’s exciting to follow Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, seeing powerful nations go down before a tiny territory. But Puerto Rico is rarely identified as a territory. In this article, this one, and many more, Puerto Rico is called “the… Read more »

Puerto Rico Law Enforcement Funding Included in Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to fund the Federal government from March 28th through September 30, the rest of Federal Fiscal Year 2013. A separate bill has been introduced in the Senate and a compromise is expected to be reached, although there are differences between the House bill written by the House’s… Read more »

Budget Could End Dream of Puerto Rico Tax Advantage Over Foreign Countries

From 1921 until 2006, Puerto Rico had specific Federal tax advantages over the States and foreign countries as a location for manufacturing by companies in the States.  The advantages, first an exemption from Federal income taxes and, then, tax credits that substantially lowered taxes due, were phased out beginning in 1996. There were several reasons for the repeal… Read more »