Posts Categorized: Archives

CRS Report Prepares Congress for Plebiscite

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a new report about the upcoming plebiscite vote in preparation for questions Members of Congress are likely to have as Election Day draws near.  The CRS is the research arm of Congress, and the release of this particular report indicates that plebiscite results will be considered by Members of… Read more »

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Blocked

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered state officials not to enforce the commonwealth’s new voter ID law in the upcoming election.  As a result, Pennsylvania voters will no longer have to produce a photo ID in order to cast a ballot this November.

Alaska’s Long Struggle for Statehood

Alaska endured a long struggle for statehood from the time legislation was first introduced in Congress in 1916 until January 3, 1959, when it became the 49th State.

U.S. Labor Department Announces $1.4 Million Grant for Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced grants to 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Unemployment Insurance (UI) program integrity, performance and system improvement projects. As part of the nearly $170 million worth of of awards, Puerto Rico was given a $1.4 million Program Integrity Award to assist in the prevention, detection… Read more »

Foreign Taxation in Puerto Rico

A United States Senate subcommittee investigating U.S. companies that shelter overseas profits from taxation has found that Microsoft withheld up to $4.5 billion in federal taxes from 2009 to 2011 by transferring profits to a Puerto Rican subsidiary. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its citizens are U.S. citizens, but the… Read more »

Puerto Rico and Federal Spending

Poorer states like Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas often hear the tongue-in-cheek saying, “Thank God for Mississippi!” The poorest state in the nation with more than 21% of its residents living in poverty, Mississippi tends to fall at the bottom of rankings of states in the U.S. not just for per capita income but… Read more »

100 Puerto Rican Troops Deployed on 9/11

Yesterday, 9/11, Americans remembered the attack on the World Trade Center in many different ways, commemorating the fallen,  celebrating the public servants who stepped up to help the injured and rebuild the community, and giving or listening to speeches.

Luis Ramos Receives the Bronze Star

A Puerto Rican veteran who fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War was awarded a Bronze Star on Friday in San Juan.   Luis Ramos, who served with the Puerto Rico–based 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, received the medal at a ceremony held at a monument to the Borinqueneers.

The U.S. Flag with 51 Stars

  Puerto Rico has voted to become the 51st state of the Union. Congress, however, will have the final say on Puerto Rican statehood, giving residents of the fifty states influence in the decision making process as well.  It is an appropriate time for all Americans to discuss this issue and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of having a 51st state…. Read more »

When a U.S. Citizen Cannot Vote for President

If Puerto Ricans choose statehood in their upcoming plebiscite, they could gain a Constitutional right they have never before experienced and one that has divided for decades U.S. citizens living in a state and those living in Puerto Rico: the right to vote. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans have never had the right to… Read more »