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Rep. Soto Asks for Transitional Shelter Assistance

Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) has written to FEMA administrator William Long asking for a further extension of the TSA (Transitional Shelter Assistance) program for people displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. The TSA program, described in Soto’s letter as the Temporary Shelter Assistance program,provides temporary housing for victims of natural disasters after shelters have… Read more »

Jobs in Puerto Rico

Since Hurricane Mari hit Puerto Rico last September, the number of people working has increased each month. This should be no surprise. In September, companies on the island were posting on Facebook, asking their workers to contact them to make sure that everyone was still alive. By October, according to the latest numbers from the… Read more »

Major League Baseball Returns to Puerto Rico

Last week marked the first Major League Baseball games in Puerto Rico since 2010. Baseball players stayed away from Puerto Rico for fear of the Zika virus in 2016, and Hurricane Maria damaged the stadium in 2017. In 2018, though, baseball is back. The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians played a special two-game series, honoring… Read more »

Congressional Democrats Reject Fiscal Plan

Democrat leaders on Puerto Rico issues in the U.S. House of Representatives late yesterday rejected the fiscal plan for the Government of Puerto Rico adopted by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) Financial Oversight and Management Board. Representatives Nydia Velazquez and Jose Serrano of New York echoed Board Member Ana Matosantos in… Read more »

Tension among leaders in Puerto Rico and Washington

A series of letters sent back and forth over the past few weeks highlights the tension growing among Puerto Rico’s elected leaders, the PROMESA oversight board (FOMB), and leaders in Washington. The FOMB was scheduled to approve Governor Rossello’s fiscal plan on March 30th of this year, but still has not done so. It is… Read more »

Governor Rosselló calls for deep tax cuts

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares yesterday outlined a broad package of deep tax cuts that he has hoped to get enacted by June 30th. The reductions will save taxpayers $451 million next year and $849 million a year by 2023. Individuals would not have an income tax liability if their incomes are under $12,500… Read more »

Governor Reports to Congress on Recovery Plan

On April 10, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares provided a second monthly report to the U.S. Congress on the development of a recovery plan for the territory from last September’s hurricanes. The report comes in the form of a letter from the Governor to leaders of the House and Senate, including Senate Majority Leader… Read more »

Children in Puerto Rico: The Maria Generation?

A report from the Youth Development Institute of Puerto Rico sounds a call for help for children who are still affected by Hurricane Maria — the cadre they’re calling “The Maria Generation.” “The Impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico’s Children,” by Amanda Rivera Flores and Caridad Arroyo Quija, begins with a reminder that 56%… Read more »

A Bright Future for Puerto Rico Manufacturing

Manufacturing has been an important industry for Puerto Rico since Operation Bootstrap shifted the focus on the Island from agriculture to manufacturing, beginning in the late 1940s. Between 1950 and 1960, manufacturing jobs increased from 55,000 to 82,000. By the 21st century, manufacturing accounted for 46% of the Gross Domestic Product of Puerto Rico —… Read more »

Board to Adopt Plan as Governor Insists on His Policies

The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) reportedly plans to adopt its own final revised, multi-year fiscal adjustment plan for the territorial government by the end of the month after receiving Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares’ plan late last week. The FOMB had planned to adopt a final plan by April 20th. The revised… Read more »