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Senator Orrin Hatch Speaks Up on Puerto Rico

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) spoke last week about Puerto Rico and his new bill, cosponsored by Senator Marco Rubio. “Mr. President,” Senator Hatch began, “I am here today to discuss new legislation to help Puerto Rico gain a stronger fiscal footing.” “Last Thursday I introduced a bill cosponsored by Senator Rubio entitled ‘The Puerto Rico… Read more »

Memorial Day in Puerto Rico

Memorial Day, a day honoring those who died in active military service, is naturally important in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has sent more men and women into military service than most states: 18,000 in World War I 65,000 in World War II 61,000 in the Korean War 48,000 in the Vietnam War 10,000 in the… Read more »

Will Puerto Rican Voters Rise Across the Nation?

Will enclaves of ethnic Puerto Rican voters tip the balance of power in Washington? Nationwide there are over 5 million Americans who are of Puerto Rican origin. It now appears that these Puerto Rican voters could emerge in the 2018 mid-term elections as a cohesive swing vote in battleground races that will determine which national… Read more »

Senator Hatch Introduces Proposal, Suggests Reforms for Puerto Rico

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) this afternoon criticized the administration of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares, the PROMESA Financial Oversight and Management Board, and recent statements of former Obama Administration officials regarding aid for the territory – with his harshest criticism directed at the Rossello Administration. Hatch began a statement on… Read more »

GAO Report on Puerto Rico Calls for Realism

The General Accounting Office has released a report to Congress:  “Puerto Rico – Factors Contributing to the Debt Crisis and Potential Federal Actions to Address Them.” The report provides an update on the financial position of Puerto Rico, which includes $70 billion in outstanding public debt and $50 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Causes of… Read more »

Hurricane Maria’s Effects on Puerto Rico’s Political Status

Puerto Rico’s political status has had a significant impact on recovery efforts on the Island. Without the political power of a State, Puerto Rico is still struggling to restore basic services months after the 2017 hurricane season. With the 2018 hurricane season on the horizon, the territory is still living with the outdated and dilapidated… Read more »

How Long Does Disaster Recovery Take?

In October, as the death toll from Hurricane Maria continued to rise, President Trump remarked that disaster recovery workers from the States couldn’t be expected to stay in Puerto Rico “forever.” “We cannot keep FEMA, the military & the first responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in [Puerto Rico] forever,” he… Read more »

Melissa Mark-Viverito Misses the Mark on Puerto Rico Statehood

Melissa Mark-Viverito recently wrote an opinion piece at The Hill claiming that statehood for Puerto Rico is not a good idea. She used Florida Governor Rick Scott’s support of statehood as her starting point, but the post is not about Governor Scott or his views. Mark-Viverito is instead trying to claim that Puerto Rico’s voters… Read more »

Puerto Rico Is an Opportunity Zone

As tax policy experts dissect federal tax legislation enacted last year, one provision that is gaining increased attention may hold special promise for Puerto Rico:  Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones are low-income areas that offer financial incentives to potential investors.  The goal is to build up distressed communities.  Areas must have at least a 20% poverty rate… Read more »

Rep. Rob Bishop on Statehood for Puerto Rico

At a press conference in Puerto Rico on Friday, Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) spoke out in favor of statehood for the U.S. territory. “I want to be very clear: I’m in favor of Puerto Rico statehood,” he said. “If people are willing to sit down, put partisanship aside, and do what is best for the… Read more »