The Economics of Statehood

In the course of U.S. history, thirty-two territories have transitioned to become States of the Union, and it is easy to forget that all of them had anti-statehood factions. In Hawaii, where 90% of registered voters turned out for the statehood vote and the results were seventeen to one in favor of statehood, anti-statehood forces… Read more »

Puerto Rico on Veteran’s Day

The first official U.S. military battalion in Puerto Rico was established in 1899. The Battalion of Puerto Rico Volunteers provided local security and was brought into the U.S. regular Army in 1908. But this was not the first time soldiers from Puerto Rico supported the U.S. military. There were Puerto Ricans fighting with the Americans… Read more »

Puerto Rico’s Art Treasures Now Accessible Online

Although Google is best known for its search engine, it also provides a growing platform for the public to access the world’s most impressive masterpieces and educational tools. Now, with support from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Google is showcasing treasures from the museums of Puerto Rico. The new exhibit is part of Google Arts & Culture, a… Read more »

Ignorance about Puerto Rico Is Still a Problem

Since 2006, retail stores selling cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine have been required to ask for ID from customers buying these medications. Recently, an employee at a CVS drugstore followed this rule and asked for an ID from Jose Gusman-Payano, a student at Purdue University. Gusman-Payano showed his drivers license, and that should have been that…. Read more »

Majority of Florida’s Puerto Rican Voters Support Statehood

A new Equis poll of 600 registered voters of Puerto Rican heritage in Florida shows that these voters support statehood, according to the Miami Herald. 57% favor statehood 26% prefer “Commonwealth”  6% choose independence Statehood is the favored choice in Puerto Rico and among stateside Americans in general. Under statehood, Puerto Rico would have the… Read more »

Puerto Ricans to Receive Medicare Prescription Drug Subsidies under Congressional Proposal

Reps. Donna Shalala (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) have introduced a proposal to help people in Puerto Rico cover the cost of prescription drugs under a program already available to their fellow U.S. citizens in the fifty states. The legislation – entitled the “Medicare Low-Income Subsidy Expansion for Territories… Read more »

Senator Jeff Merkley Supports Statehood for Puerto Rico

Senate Latino Summit

According to a major Puerto Rico news source, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) spoke out in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico at The Senate Latino Summit last week. El Nuevo Dia reported that the senator said, “It’s time for Puerto Rico to be a state and have representation in the House of Representatives and the… Read more »

Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act of 2019

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon has introduced a new Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act. The bill (H.R. 4901) calls for a federally-sponsored plebiscite asking voters simply whether Puerto Rico should become a State. This up-or-down inquiry is the same question Hawaii and Alaska used when they became States of the Union. Under the bill… Read more »

Congressional hearing on PROMESA reforms raises statehood issue

On Tuesday, October 22, the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on a proposal by the Committee Chairman, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), to amend the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). While the focus of the hearing was on the possible changes to the controversial 2016… Read more »

Dave Martinez Proud to Represent Puerto Rico in the World Series

Dave Martinez, General Manager of the Washington Nationals, a New Yorker whose parents came from Puerto Rico, enjoys the opportunity to represent the Island in the World Series. He told Puerto Rico news outlet El Nuevo Dia “Representing Puerto Rico and the whole family makes me happy.” His family in Puerto Rico is excited for him,… Read more »