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The Enduring Fallacy of the “Self Governing Commonwealth”

In December, Guaynabo Mayor Ángel Pérez Otero was indicted for corruption, including charges of bribery and extortion. As initially reported in the San Juan Star, the indictment not only raised concerns about local corruption, but the wording of the indictment stirred up debate over Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory. The concerns stem from… Read more »

New Report on Health Centers in U.S. Territories and FAS

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines health centers in U.S. territories and Freely Associated States (FAS). Health centers are community clinics staffed by medical professionals. The five U.S. territories – American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands – rely heavily on health centers to provide primary… Read more »

Puerto Rico as a Test of Renewable Energy

FEMA has committed $9.4 billion to rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electrical system. How will the funds be used? Environmental activists want to see renewable energy become the focus. Under the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, 40% of the Island’s electricity must come from from renewable resources by 2025. By 2040, 60% must be renewable, and… Read more »

Congressional Resolutions Honor Roberto Clemente

On December 16, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) introduced complementary Senate and House resolutions to recognize the historical significance of the place near Piñones in Loiza, Puerto Rico, where baseball legend Roberto Clemente died. The resolution would add this location to the National Register of Historic Places. “Roberto Clemente not only… Read more »

The Most Popular Stories of 2021

For nearly a decade Puerto Rico Report has been bringing you comprehensive coverage of news and analysis of the political status of Puerto Rico. This year, ten stories stand out as the most popular stories of 2021: Puerto Rico in the 2021 Olympics Puerto Rico Moves to Level 4 on CDC’s Travel Advisory List Implications… Read more »

The Most Popular Stories at Puerto Rico Report

As we say goodbye to 2021, we can look back at our years of reporting on the political status of Puerto Rico and see that some stories have been more popular with our readers than others. Here are the top stories of all time: How Does a Territory Become a State? Puerto Rico in the… Read more »

Groups Call for Action on Statehood Proposals

51 Puerto Rico organizations banded together to send a letter to Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-AR) of the House Natural Resources Committee. The letter called for immediate action on the question of Puerto Rico’s political status. Puerto Rico is a territory belonging to the United States. Reps Darren Soto (D-FL)… Read more »

“Alma’s Way” Shows Puerto Rican Community

A PBS program for children, Alma’s Way, represents the Puerto Rican community of the Bronx. Natalia Quintana-Feliciano of PBS says, “There’s so much power in children seeing themselves on-screen. In celebrating what makes them unique, they have the opportunity to think of themselves as the main character of their own story. Not as a background… Read more »

The End of Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven?

Many U.S.corporations, and wealthy individuals as well, see Puerto Rico as a tax haven. In 2019, the IRS reported to Congress on 166 individuals who had moved to Puerto Rico and once there, paid no income tax. Five years before relocation, these individuals had paid a total of $252,300,000 in income taxes. A resident of… Read more »