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Statehood Wins: The Culmination of a Trend

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 »

Statehood for Puerto Rico: The Numbers Add Up

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.

What Congress Really Thinks About Puerto Rico

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.  

What’s Wrong with Free Association for Puerto Rico?

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 »

New Market Tax Credits — Not in Puerto Rico

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 »

Is the PDP Against Minimum Wage, Job Safety and the Environment?

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 »

Sovereign Free Association: An Economic Risk for Puerto Ricans

A recent interview on the subject of Puerto Rico’s status suggested, with a startling degree of discourtesy, that Puerto Rico wants to be a state only “for the money.” In fact, Puerto Ricans who are in favor of statehood generally explain that they seek equal responsibilities as well as equal rights with other United States citizens.

America for All Americans

Recent gains by presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Florida are prompting some analysts to question whether either campaign should continue to pour resources into the state during the final weeks of the campaign.  Florida, the thinking goes, has moved into the Republican column, while President Obama’s relative strength elsewhere makes the state less important for a… Read more »