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 »

Charles Schumer Speaks on Puerto Rico Disaster Aid

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 14th, on the subject of Puerto Rico and the disaster relief bill currently under discussion in the Senate. “A lot of Americans are still waiting for the Senate to put politics aside and help them piece their lives back… Read more »

Poll Shows Support for Puerto Rico Statehood Stronger than for D.C.

A recent poll by Data for Progress found that Americans overall would rather give statehood to Puerto Rico than to Washington, D.C. Both D.C. and Puerto Rico have voted for statehood and Puerto Rico has formally requested statehood. Both have introduced admission bills. Data for Progress surveyed 1,282 U.S. voters and asked these questions: Would… Read more »

House Passes Disaster Relief Bill Including Puerto Rico

In a 257-150 vote, the House passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill. 34 of the “yes” votes came from Republicans, in spite of President Trump’s urgings to vote against the bill, saying, “Republicans must stick together.” Trump followed up with thanks for a “Great Republican vote.” The  bill includes funding for Puerto Rico and… Read more »

Alex Cora Won’t Visit the White House

The Boston Red Sox will be visiting the White House, but their General manager, Alex Cora, will stay away in protest, according to ESPN. Cora is from Caguas, Puerto Rico, and has often said that he represents Puerto Rico. In negotiating his contract with the Red Sox, he asked for a plane load of disaster… Read more »

The Uniqueness of Puerto Rico’s Bees

Puerto Rico has a significant advantage over states when it comes to beekeeping. In the States, bees’ travel cannot be controlled enough by their keepers to allow any beekeeper to claim that they make organic honey. Bees may be visiting flowers which are not grown organically. U.S. mainland beekeepers, for the same reason, cannot credibly… Read more »

Marysol Castro Hits it Out of the Park from Behind the Microphone

Many Puerto Ricans have achieved great success as players in Major League Baseball. This baseball season Puerto Rico has yet another type of victory in Marysol Castro, who is announcing plays behind the microphone for the New York Mets. Marysol Castro is not only the first woman public address (PA) announcer for the New York… Read more »

The Death Penalty in Puerto Rico

The death penalty was abolished in Puerto Rico in 1929, two years after the last hanging took place in the U.S. territory. “The death penalty shall not exist” is part of the territory’s 1952 constitution, approved by the U.S. Congress. In 1994, the United States government determined that the death penalty could be applied in… Read more »

The “McKinsey Way” in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) is facing a number of challenges right now, from ongoing conflict with the territorial government to a legal ruling declaring the board unconstitutional. They’re relying on advice from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The consulting firm sees Puerto Rico’s troubles as “a management crisis brought to… Read more »