Puerto Rico and Climate Change

Climate change has affected Puerto Rico in some extremely significant ways. First, warmer ocean water temperatures fueled Hurricane Maria, bringing as much rain in one day as the Island usually sees in three months. A new study determined that the sheer quantity of rain was enough to cause landslides, flooding, and unsafe water conditions across… Read more »

Disaster Funding Stalemate

The House passed a disaster funding bill in January. This bill provided $14.17 billion for emergency spending on nutrition assistance, repairs, and other actions to help people in Puerto Rico and other States and territories recover from natural disasters. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) said. “This legislation is a critical first step… Read more »

For Educators: Primary vs. Secondary Documents in Puerto Rico History

An important distinction in historical research is the difference between primary and secondary sources. Puerto Rico makes an excellent study for this topic. There are many misconceptions and disagreements about the history of Puerto Rico. Challenge students to choose a topic on which people now disagree, and track down primary sources that can help distinguish… Read more »

Puerto Ricans Pay Payroll Taxes – Why it Matters

Workers in Puerto Rico pay payroll taxes — the Social Security and Medicare taxes that are deducted from American’s paychecks across the country. These taxes cover unemployment insurance, Social Security, and federal health care costs. Bona fide residents of Puerto Rico do not have to pay income tax on the wages they receive from Puerto… Read more »

Sen. Sherrod Brown Includes Puerto Rico in the Working Families Tax Relief Act

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with 43 other Democratic Senators, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act today.  If enacted, the proposal’s supporters state the bill would: Lift 7 million people out of poverty Bring 3 million children out of poverty Bring another 22 million people nearer to the poverty line — close to leaving… Read more »

Bette Midler Tweets About Puerto Rico

Bette Midler is best known for her strong singing voice, but her Twitter feed has a strong political voice. Midler tweets about everything from climate change to New York City potholes. She also tweeted about Puerto Rico, saying, “If I were Puerto Rican I would be all in right now for leaving the US and… Read more »

New Poll Shows Florida’s Puerto Rican Voters Want Statehood Supporters

A new poll of Florida’s voters of Puerto Rican origin found that 80% favor statehood for Puerto Rico — and that the attitudes of candidates toward this issue will affect their votes in 2020. ALG Research contacted 600 Puerto Rican voters and asked questions about their voting history and their plans for upcoming elections. These… Read more »

Conflict between Puerto Rico Governor and the White House

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has been criticized for kowtowing to President Trump over disaster relief, but he has now taken a different approach. “It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage,” he said in an interview with CNN in which he was asked whether he felt as though he were dealing with… Read more »

U.S. Presidential Elections and Puerto Rico Statehood

By Howard Hills Would Puerto Rico join the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact” to impose national popular vote on Electoral College? Should states agree to nullify popular votes in states if different from national popular vote results? To participate in election of national vote winner will states give up right to vote against national winning… Read more »

The Enduring Legacy of “Commonwealth”

When Puerto Rico is referred to as a “commonwealth,” the term is often not intended to describe Puerto Rico’s current status as a U.S. territory.  Instead the word as used by its supporters refers to a combination of contradictory notions of independence and statehood that has been called “a letter to Santa Claus” (Rep. Jose… Read more »