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Sharp Board Response to Democratic Lawmakers

The PROMESA Financial Board (FOMB) recently sent a strong reply  to six of the 34 congressional Democrats who wrote a critical letter to the board three weeks ago. The congressional letter was organized by the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and signed by three senators who are… Read more »

Puerto Rico and Federal Income Tax

One of the common excuses for treating Puerto Rico differently from states is that Puerto Ricans do not  pay federal income tax in the same way that stateside Americans do. This is federal law. At first glance, it appears that the federal law benefits Puerto Ricans.  After all, who wants to pay income taxes?  The… Read more »

New House Rules for Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner

The new House Rules for the 116th Congress were posted this week. One of the new rules is a change affecting Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner: Section 102. Changes to the Standing Rules. Notification of Convening of the House. Subsection (a) clarifies that Delegates and the Resident Commissioner must be notified of action regarding the convening… Read more »

Top Stories of 2018

Many of the most popular stories at Puerto Rico Report in 2018 were the articles that answer questions and confusions a lot of Americans still have about the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. Is Puerto Rico a Country? How Did Puerto Rico Become a U.S. Territory? Is Puerto Rico Part of the… Read more »

Puerto Rico Lost Nearly 130,000 Residents after Hurricane Maria

The Census Bureau’s newest population estimates claim that the number of residents in Puerto Rico fell by nearly 130,000 between July 2017 and July 2018. This comes to a 3.9% drop in population in a single year. Puerto Rico had a population of 3,726,157 in 2010. The current population stands at 3,195,153. This is a total loss… Read more »

PROMESA Board Wants Food Stamp Work Requirement for Puerto Rico

The PROMESA oversight board has written to Puerto Rico Family Department Secretary Glorimar Andújar Matos calling for a work requirement to be tied to the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP). The certified commonwealth fiscal plan includes such a requirement. The letter was preceded by publication of an opinion piece in the Washington Post by… Read more »

Federal Lawmakers Endorse Straightforward Statehood Vote for Puerto Rico

On Thursday, two senior members of Congress made statements on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of a straightforward statehood “yes or no” vote in Puerto Rico. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) clearly stated: It is a great honor to stand today in solidarity with Ms. Ros-Lehtinen in calling for what is… Read more »

Would Statehood Have Saved Cockfighting in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. This means that while people born in Puerto Rico are natural-born U.S. citizens and must follow all U.S. laws, Puerto Rico has no voting representation in Congress. There are no U.S. senators from Puerto Rico, and just one non-voting member in the House of Representatives…. Read more »

Who’s a Real American?

A new poll gives insight into what Americans think makes “a real American.” Surprise! It’s not being born in America or spending most of one’s life in the United States. The Grinnell College poll asked 1,000 adults across the U.S. for opinions on a range of subjects. Here are the characteristics respondents considered most important… Read more »