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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 »

Smaller States See Power Grow, But All States Have More Clout Than Puerto Rico

An extensive New York Times analysis yesterday found that the political power of States with small populations was growing relative to States with large populations. States with small populations have always had a relatively greater share in Federal decision-making but the article pointed out that the relative influence has been expanding due to population shifts.

Governor’s Arguments Against Plebiscite Results Fail

During a recent visit to Washington, DC, Puerto Rico’s new governor challenged the results of last November’s plebiscite, which was held along with his and other local elections. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said that the plebiscite was unfair because the ballot defined Puerto Rico’s current status as “territorial.”

Media Response to US Citizenship Rallies Misses the Mark

Media coverage of rallies to celebrate U.S. citizenship anniversary varies in accuracy. On March 2, 1917, the citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship. Ninety six years later, Puerto Rican leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., in San Juan, and other cities to demand an end to second-class citizenship for Puerto Rico’s residents. Reports of… Read more »

Sotomayor Responds to Racist Remark by U.S. Prosecutor

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Ponder asked a jury in 2011, speaking of defendant Bongani Charles Calhoun, who said he didn’t realize the men he was with were planning a drug deal, You’ve got African Americans, you’ve got Hispanics, you’ve got a bag full of money. Does that tell you — a light bulb doesn’t go… Read more »

March 2 Rally in Washington DC to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship for Puerto Rico

A White House rally is being planned for this Saturday, March 2nd to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the granting of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner and New Progressive Party President Pedro Pierluisi will be the featured speaker. As we’ve noted in a previous post, similar demonstrations are planned in San Juan and elsewhere in Puerto… Read more »

Puerto Ricans to Demand Equality on Anniversary of U.S. Citizenship

AP Story Mischaracterizes Puerto Rican Rejection of Territory Status.  Puerto Ricans will be marching in Washington, D.C., San Juan, and other cities on March 2, the anniversary of the day in 1917 when Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens. The purpose of the marches is to demand that Congress honor the November plebiscite and provide equality… Read more »

Schumer and Pierluisi Introduce Puerto Rico Medicare Equity Legislation

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) introduced legislation today that would enable Medicare beneficiaries in Puerto Rico the have the same access to insurance for doctor services that their fellow U.S. citizens do. Under current law, Medicare beneficiaries in every state and territory except for Puerto Rico who are enrolled in Medicare Part A (hospital… Read more »

Why Does the Death Penalty Exist in Puerto Rico?

Contrary to the claims of Commonwealth proponents, there is no “compact” between the U.S. and Puerto Rico that grants Puerto Rico power equal to that of the federal government.  The United States can – and does – unilaterally override Puerto Rican policy and preferences. The death penalty was abolished in Puerto Rico in 1929, two years after… Read more »