Congress Grapples with Upcoming Medicaid Cliff

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid legislation was quoted in Puerto Rico news source El Nuevo Dia as saying he wanted a temporary increase in funding for the program in Puerto Rico in excess of $1.2 billion a year passed this September to deal with the upcoming Medicaid… Read more »

Is a “Culminated Commonwealth” a Viable Status Option for Puerto Rico?

Angel Collado Schwartz provided a history lesson for readers of El Nuevo Dia in his recent article, “¿Es viable un ELA culminado?” The question is one that has been discussed for decades: can Puerto Rico develop, enhance, perfect, or in this case complete the “commonwealth” status? The answer from the federal government has been a… Read more »

Biden Reminds Administration that Puerto Ricans Are U.S. Citizens

Presidential candidate Joe Biden suggested in a campaign speech that the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico was affected by a misunderstanding. “It’s shameful, the way we treated Puerto Rico and the islands,” Politico quoted Biden as saying. “I’m not even sure people in the president’s administration knew Puerto Ricans are all… Read more »

Can Puerto Rico Profit from a Deal with China?

Juan Carlos Albors, a candidate for Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner in 2020, has proposed that Puerto Rico serve as a facilitator for Chinese exports, bypassing U.S. tariffs. “The fiscal autonomy of the (“Commonwealth” of Puerto Rico) is so broad that, in addition to avoiding the imposition of the Federal income tax, it also includes exemption… Read more »

George Clooney Boosts Puerto Rico Coffee

Clooney on Puerto Rico coffee

Come September, coffee lovers will be able to get coffee pods featuring coffee from Puerto Rico. George Clooney filmed a promotional video in Puerto Rico. The new product is part of Nespresso’s Reviving Origins program. The initiative is intended to restore coffee growing lands after disasters, including political upheavals and financial crisis as well as… Read more »

Councilman Ruben Diaz Speaks out on Statehood for Puerto Rico

Ruben Diaz

In the wake of an article last week in Politico Pro reporting on recent polling results finding that Puerto Ricans in New York overwhelmingly support Puerto Rico statehood, New York City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. has penned an essay in Bronx.com, called, “Statehood for Puerto Rico”. “Puerto Rico most certainly deserves to be the 51st… Read more »

$19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Bill Delayed

The Senate has passed a $19.1 billion bill providing disaster relief for many U.S. States and territories, including Puerto Rico. The bill gives Puerto Rico $600 million in emergency nutritional assistance funding. It includes a requirement that previously approved $8.9 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief funding be released. It provides $300 million in… Read more »

Federal Funds for Puerto Rico Disaster Relief and the Long Road Ahead

Congress is nearing completion on a disaster relief bill which will provide additional funds for Puerto Rico, as well as for States which have been hit by natural disasters since Hurricane Maria in 2017. The bill had been delayed by controversy over a surprising question: Has Puerto Rico already received all the funding the Island… Read more »

Hearing Planned on Territories Medicaid Cliff

Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands, vice chair of the House Natural Resources Committee for Insular Affairs, has called a hearing on Thursday about the pending Medicaid funding shortage in the U.S. territories. Esther L. Muna, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Mariana Island Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, and Medicaid directors from… Read more »

Battle for Puerto Rico’s Energy Future

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has produced a report laying out “Growing Risks to the Implementation of Puerto Rico’s Energy Transformation.” The report contrasts Act 17 of 2019, a bold law committing Puerto Rico to renewable energy in the future, with the actions that are actually being taken on the Island. Act 17 calls for 100%… Read more »