U.S. Legislators Mark the Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico has had one year to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The lights are back on, businesses have reopened, and many parts of the Island seem to be back to normal. Numerous members of Congress recognized the anniversary of the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In… Read more »

Who Pays U.S. Federal Income Tax?

Residents of Puerto Rico don’t pay federal income tax on income that they receive in Puerto Rico. They do pay payroll taxes, which support Medicare and Social Security, as well as tax on income sourced from the U.S. That came to $3.6 billion in 2016. What about individuals in the states? According to a new… Read more »

Puerto Rico Tweetstorm

Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday in an interview on CNN that the federal government is to blame for the deaths following Hurricane Maria. “What we saw in Puerto Rico was a mass death of 3,000 people,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It was the worst humanitarian crisis in modern American history, and many, many people impacted by… Read more »

President Trump Questions Hurricane Maria Death Toll

On September 13th, as the Atlantic coast prepared for Hurricane Florence, President Trump tweeted, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by… Read more »

FEMA Administrator Discusses “Pre-Positioning” and Hurricane Response

FEMA administrator Brock Long was interviewed on CNN as Atlantic States prepared for Hurricane Florence’s landfall. He emphasized the importance of “pre-positioning” — getting funds and response teams in place ahead of time rather than waiting until after the disaster occurs. Long spoke of disaster response as a chair with four legs: federal government state… Read more »

For Puerto Rico Taft More Bully Than Teddy

By Howard Hills Wall Street Journal book review praises revisionist biography glossing over William Howard Taft’s legacy of failed territorial law and policy in Puerto Rico and other unincorporated territories. In late March of 2018 it was easy for Puerto Ricans plunged into darkness and threat of a public health crisis to miss the Wall… Read more »

Doubt Persists Over Puerto Rico Preparedness for Future Hurricanes

A June poll indicates that more than three quarters of Puerto Ricans believe that the island is unprepared for a hurricane should another storm develop during 2018. The survey, taken June 19-25, found that only five percent of respondents were “very confident” that Puerto Rico is prepared for the current hurricane season. Sixteen percent of… Read more »

Trump Calls Puerto Rico Response an “Incredible Unsung Success” and Velázquez Pushes Back

As Hurricane Florence nears the southeastern United States, ABC News is reporting that President Trump has called his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria an “incredible unsung success.” “I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful.  Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it is an island,” Trump said. “I actually think it is… Read more »

Florida Must Provide Spanish-Language Ballots, Judge Says

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker declared last week that 32 Florida counties must provide Spanish-language ballots in the upcoming midterm elections.Walker singled out Florida’s Secretary of State, Kenneth Detzner, who claimed that he had no control over election materials in the individual counties in the state. Walker disagrees. In his decision he wrote, “As this… Read more »