Puerto Rico’s Sam’s Clubs Closing

Three Puerto Rico Sam’s Clubs (Walmart-owned membership stores) suddenly closed on Thursday, and some early reports attributed the closings to the continued effects of Hurricane Maria. In fact, Walmart closed 63 Sam’s Club stores across the nation. Many workers left their shifts Wednesday and returned to work the next day only to find the doors… Read more »

Healthcare for New Floridians from Puerto Rico

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has prepared a fact sheet for Florida’s new residents from Puerto Rico in response to reports of displaced individuals experiencing difficulty in obtaining health care services despite the fact that they were enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare back in Puerto Rico. The fact sheet was issued in… Read more »

Disaster Relief Funding for Puerto Rico Remains Elusive

On December 18, 2017, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) detailing her requests for disaster relief for Puerto Rico. The Resident Commissioner’s requests in her December 18 letter have gone unanswered, but Congress may act before the end of next week to provide disaster… Read more »

What’s a Shadow Delegation?

The Puerto Rico Statehood Commission was presented to the U.S. Congress by Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon as a step in the Tennessee Plan, which has been used by seven states in the past in their efforts to achieve statehood. This time around, another term is also being used: Shadow Delegation. What’s a shadow delegation? The… Read more »

Puerto Rico Statehood Commission Demands Seats in Congress

The Puerto Rico Statehood Commission went to Washington to put the Tennessee Plan into operation. The seven members of the Commission: Former Governor Carlos Romero Barcelo Former Governor Pedro Rosselló González Former Governor Luis Fortuño Former Senate President Charlie Rodríguez Colón Baseball Hall of Fame member Iván Rodríguez Torres GOP Committee representative Zoraida Fonalledas Brigadier… Read more »

Rebuilding Puerto Rico with the Help of the Diaspora

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said in newspaper interviews that the Hurricane Maria disaster will accelerate his plans to organize the more than 5.3 million Puerto Ricans in the States to support Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C. Rossello says that the devastation brought about by the hurricanes in September will actually provide an opportunity to… Read more »

Corporate Tax Reform and Puerto Rico

Some Puerto Rico leaders are claiming unfair treatment for Puerto Rico in the new tax bill. Fully understanding the situation, however, requires us to remember the history of corporate tax deals in Puerto Rico. It all started with 936.                                   … Read more »

Half of Puerto Rico Still without Power

Puerto Rico’s government website on the status of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria reports, as of this writing, that nearly 70% of Puerto Rico has electricity. Like the claim that more than 96% have safe water, this is not exactly true. That 70% figure, according to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority interim Executive Director… Read more »

The Most Popular Stories of 2017

Puerto Rico has been in the headlines a lot this year, and a lot of significant events have taken place. Nonetheless, the Puerto Rico Report’s most popular stories have explored basic information about Puerto Rico and the territory’s relationship with the U.S. Is Puerto Rico Part of the U.S.? The Federal Income Taxes Puerto Ricans… Read more »

How’s the Water in Puerto Rico?

The official hurricane recovery website of the Puerto Rico government shows that 92% of the residents of the Island have running water as of this writing. FEMA’s page says that 86% have “potable water.” “Potable” means that the water is safe to drink. But Mekela Panditharatne, an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, is… Read more »