U.S. Labor Department Announces $1.4 Million Grant for Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced grants to 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Unemployment Insurance (UI) program integrity, performance and system improvement projects. As part of the nearly $170 million worth of of awards, Puerto Rico was given a $1.4 million Program Integrity Award to assist in the prevention, detection… Read more »

Judge Juan Torruella and the Denial of Equal Rights for Puerto Ricans

Juan Rafael Torruella del Valle, Sr. is a  judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. A native Puerto Rican, Judge Torruella is frequently sought out for his legal commentary on the treatment of Puerto Rico under the United States Constitution.  He is not happy with the failure of U.S. jurisprudence… Read more »

Pierluisi 2012 Platform Addresses Statehood

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) released the English version of his 2012 Platform today.  The 2-page document covers a full range of federal issues, including public safety (drug-related violence/tsunami and flood protection), economic development (taxes/transportation), health (Medicare/Medicaid), education and social justice.

Puerto Rican Voters and Immigration

Latinos are the belle of the ball in the 2012 elections. Candidates at all levels of government are courting their vote. Puerto Ricans are a significant – and growing – part of that Latino vote.  Their numbers approach those of the historically dominant Cuban population in Florida, and their influence has spread throughout the country.  Candidates in search… Read more »

Foreign Taxation in Puerto Rico

A United States Senate subcommittee investigating U.S. companies that shelter overseas profits from taxation has found that Microsoft withheld up to $4.5 billion in federal taxes from 2009 to 2011 by transferring profits to a Puerto Rican subsidiary. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its citizens are U.S. citizens, but the… Read more »

New Poll on Puerto Rico Governor Race

A new poll conducted by ASISA Research Group and reported on the El Vocero website has Governor Luis Fortuno pulling ahead of challenger Alejandro García Padilla by more than five percentage points: Fortuno: 44.5% Padilla: 39% Undecided: 9% Dalmau: 3.2% Other candidates: <1% each These results represent an increase of 11.5% for Fortuno since the last poll conducted by… Read more »

Pierluisi Speaks to the Congress

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi made a statement to the U.S. Congress this week to explain the upcoming plebiscite in Puerto Rico. The ballot will begin with the simple question of whether Puerto Rico should continue in its present status or not.

Pierluisi Delivers Speech to Congress Regarding Plebiscite

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi delivered the following remarks in the House of Representatives this morning about the upcoming Political Status Plebiscite: Mr. Speaker: On November 6th, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will hold a plebiscite on the Island’s political future.  Voters will be asked if they want to continue the current status or to seek… Read more »

Puerto Rico and Federal Spending

Poorer states like Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas often hear the tongue-in-cheek saying, “Thank God for Mississippi!” The poorest state in the nation with more than 21% of its residents living in poverty, Mississippi tends to fall at the bottom of rankings of states in the U.S. not just for per capita income but… Read more »

Justice Sotomayor, Baseball and What America Stands For

Puerto Rican voters in Florida are targeted in a new Spanish-language television commercial launched by the Obama campaign that criticizes Mitt Romney for saying he would have opposed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.