Although it may not have the attention of the recent presidential election, news of Puerto Rico’s plebiscite is making its way around the country. We were struck by a particularly thoughtful post online for a news source from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where very few Puerto Ricans live.
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We have previously reported on a letter Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi sent to President Obama in which he asked for the president’s “time, resources and – above all – leadership to help resolve the question of Puerto Rico’s political status.” Pierluisi has also sent a similar letter to congressional leaders, including House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner,… Read more »
Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s Representative in Congress, has written a letter to President Obama analyzing the recent plebiscite vote and urging an “appropriate and timely” federal government response.
Some analyses of the recent status vote in Puerto Rico imply that voters were confused and did not actually intend to vote for statehood. In light of the history of Puerto Rico’s plebiscite votes, this is at best an unrealistic idea, and at worst an offensive one. The ballot for the most recent vote on Puerto… Read more »
Given the emotional intensity that tends to surround the issue of Puerto Rico’s political status, recent plebiscite results have been relatively straightforward and devoid of drama. The numbers are clear, and statehood won.
Latino Decisions has published a thoughtful blog post about Puerto Rico’s treatment by the U.S. Congress. The Puerto Rico Report welcomes this addition to the longstanding debate on Puerto Rico’s status as a territory. Yet we also question some of its conclusions.
Free Association is once again being discussed as a possibility for Puerto Rico. Much of the discussion has centered around abstract ideas of rights and responsibilities. There has also been discussion of the economic consequences of choosing statehood compared with remaining a territory. We looked at the economic implications of the free associated state option with regard… Read more »
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, part of the 2000 Community Renewal Tax Relief Act, was designed to encourage investment in Community Development Entities (CDE) in low-income areas. The thinking was that companies not normally interested in investing in depressed communities would do so with the tax credit, which covers 39% of the investments made. Not only do NMTC… Read more »
Former Puerto Rican Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon speaks with authority as a leader of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). He served as the fourth governor of Puerto Rico over three terms (1973 – 1977 and 1985 – 1993) and has earned the title of statesman for his party – which is why his recent comments… Read more »
We recently published a post documenting Republican support for Puerto Rican statehood, beginning with presidential candidate Mitt Romney and extending back decades to include Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.