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Representing 3.7 Million U.S. Citizens in Congress – All Without the Power to Vote, Part II

Previously when we reported on why Puerto Rico’s lack of representation in Congress matters, we focused on how important it is to have several Members of Congress to best represent ideological diversity in heavily populated states.  States with many Members of Congress have another significant advantage: the ability to represent the state across numerous congressional committees. Read More »Representing 3.7 Million U.S. Citizens in Congress – All Without the Power to Vote, Part II

To Err is Human…

People make mistakes, of course. Even a respected news sources such as Reuters can make an error — and they did. In their “schedule of forthcoming world elections” they listed Puerto Rico’s plebiscite for August 12th.

As you can see in the close-up below, Reuters claimed that Puerto Rican voters would decide the first question — whether or not to make a change in the status of Puerto Rico — on August 12th.Read More »To Err is Human…

Happy Birthday to Jose Celso Barbosa!

In 1899, Jose Celso Barbosa and a group of supporters founded Puerto Rico’s first political party dedicated to promoting statehood with the United States.  At the time, he explained, “[w]e want and we ask for equality.  Not colonial control or protection. We [support] the same ideal of the American union with equality in rights and in duties.”Read More »Happy Birthday to Jose Celso Barbosa!

A Proven Work Incentive – But Only For States

At a recent hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, “Boosting Opportunities and Growth Through Tax Reform,”  congressional testimony highlighted the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) in lifting children out of poverty.  Studies have affirmed for years that the EITC and CTC encourage work, and research now shows that these federal policies also improve children’s school performance and boost their productivity and earnings into adulthood.Read More »A Proven Work Incentive – But Only For States