Julian Castro Visits Puerto Rico

Julian Castro, who recently announced his intention to run for president in 2020, visited Puerto Rico to attend the Latino Political Summit, organized by the Latino Victory Fund. “I chose as my first visit after the announcement to come to Puerto Rico, because I want all the people of Puerto Rico to know that you… Read more »

Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Different Paths, Different Economies

The Republican Party Platform of 1940 considered two territories: Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Hawaii Hawaii, sharing the nation’s obligations equally with the several States, is entitled to the fullest measure of home rule; and to equality with the several States in the rights of her citizens and in the application of our national laws. Puerto… Read more »

Tax Credits for Puerto Rico

Many Americans are surprised to learn that nearly half of all U.S. households don’t pay federal income taxes, and many of these households receive tax refunds from the IRS.  To followers of federal policy towards Puerto Rico, this statistic carries a certain irony because Puerto Ricans do not pay federal income taxes from Puerto Rico sourced… Read more »

Puerto Rico Leaders Respond to Possible Diversion of Disaster Relief Funds

As discussion of President Trump’s plan for a wall between the United States and Mexico continues, the administration has considered new ideas to fund the project. One option is to declare a national state of emergency and divert funds already allocated for disaster relief to the construction of the wall. The Army Corps of Engineers… Read more »

Nutrition Assistance is Different in Puerto Rico

The federal nutrition assistance program operating in states – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – is an entitlement program that can expand to accommodate changing needs.  Individuals who qualify based on their financial situation can always join the program.  After an unexpected emergency – such as a hurricane – the program is available to all U.S. citizens… Read more »

Congress Returns with Puerto Rico Issues on the Agenda, Medicaid Funding Uncertain

Some Puerto Rico issues are high on the agenda of the Democratic majority that took control of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. Most of the discussion concerns the Federal response to the devastating Hurricane Maria: investigation of the perceived slow delivery of assistance and needs that have not been addressed, including the President’s reluctance… Read more »

Sharp Board Response to Democratic Lawmakers

The PROMESA Financial Board (FOMB) recently sent a strong reply  to six of the 34 congressional Democrats who wrote a critical letter to the board three weeks ago. The congressional letter was organized by the incoming chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction regarding PROMESA, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and signed by three senators who are… Read more »

Puerto Rico and Federal Income Tax

One of the common excuses for treating Puerto Rico differently from states is that Puerto Ricans do not  pay federal income tax in the same way that stateside Americans do. This is federal law. At first glance, it appears that the federal law benefits Puerto Ricans.  After all, who wants to pay income taxes?  The… Read more »

New House Rules for Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner

The new House Rules for the 116th Congress were posted this week. One of the new rules is a change affecting Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner: Section 102. Changes to the Standing Rules. Notification of Convening of the House. Subsection (a) clarifies that Delegates and the Resident Commissioner must be notified of action regarding the convening… Read more »

Top Stories of 2018

Many of the most popular stories at Puerto Rico Report in 2018 were the articles that answer questions and confusions a lot of Americans still have about the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. Is Puerto Rico a Country? How Did Puerto Rico Become a U.S. Territory? Is Puerto Rico Part of the… Read more »