Unequal treatment of Puerto Rico under federal law has frequently been justified on the grounds that Puerto Ricans do not pay federal income tax on Puerto Rican based income. As we’ve stated in previous posts, this argument becomes unconvincing when half of all U.S. citizens have no federal income tax obligations. But there is another… Read more »
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has long been a source of pride for Puerto Ricans, and when President Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court in 2009, many celebrated that her nomination provided renewed interest in the discussion over Puerto Rico’s status. Although Justice Sotomayor has avoided locking herself into any position on the issue, an… Read more »
Ohio State Representative Daniel Ramos is the latest legislator to back Puerto Rico’s bid for statehood. Ramos, who was born and raised in Ohio but is of Puerto Rican descent, has introduced a House Concurrent Resolution asking the U.S. Congress to take action “that respects the will of U.S. Citizens in Puerto Rico, and takes steps… Read more »
The vote for statehood on November 6th was only the first step in a new direction for Puerto Rico.
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) is researching the fiscal effects of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the United States now that residents of the island territory have voted to join the Union.
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.
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.
Updated with annotation below on November 9, 2020 to reflect plebiscite votes in favor of statehood held in 2017 and 2020. 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… 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.