New EITC Study for Puerto Rico

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a program that rewards low income working families for staying employed. This program has proved effective in lifting families out of poverty. The funds it provides are used for college tuition, car repairs, and other expenses that can help poor households increase their income and make their jobs more… Read more »

Florida’s Gubernatorial Debate Touches on Puerto Rico

Last night, Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam held a nationally televised debate for the Florida governor’s race.The candidates, both hoping to be the Republican nominee to replace current Governor Rick Scott (R), spoke on a number of controversial topics, from gun control to immigration. The candidates were also asked questions about… Read more »

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Endorses Puerto Rico Admission Act

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to the House of Representatives today, urging Members of Congress to support H.R. 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018. “In order to fix Puerto Rico’s unstable fiscal course,” the letter states, “efforts should be made to clear a path to statehood. Positioning… Read more »

Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez Introduces Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon introduced legislation today that would set Puerto Rico on the path to statehood. The bill, HR 6246 or the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018, begins with a summary of the history of the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, from U.S. acquisition of Puerto Rico from Spain through… Read more »

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Statehood?

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

First-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has unseated Joe Crowley (D-NY), a member of Democratic House leadership, who has been representing parts of the Bronx and Queens since the 20th century. Ocasio-Cortez is part of Puerto Rico’s diaspora, born in New York but still having family on the Island. She is the first candidate to challenge Crowley… Read more »

Puerto Rico Beguiles Jurists, Scholars

by Howard Hills A recent scholarly legal commentary in a prestigious law journal by Puerto Rico Federal District Court Judge Gustavo Gelpi helps clarify Puerto Rico’s political status dilemma. Distilled to its essence, Puerto Rico and Congress must make a choice between statehood or independence, because the current status is not fair or mutually beneficial… Read more »

Hurricane Damage Assessment

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has told congressional leaders that a complete assessment of damages and costs resulting from the back-to-back hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico in September 2017 will not come until at least the final quarter of 2019. “A complete assessment of damages and costs resulting from the Hurricanes Irma and María will not come… Read more »

Energy Plans for Puerto Rico

Electricity has been a problem for Puerto Rico since well before the 2017 hurricane season. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the electric power authority for Puerto Rico, has been deeply in debt for years and has been accused of corruption and mismanagement. Energy costs have been far higher in Puerto Rico than in the rest… Read more »

Governor Rossello Assures President Trump Puerto Rico Will Be a Battleground State

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello attended a working lunch of U.S. governors and had the opportunity to speak with President Trump. According to a journalist’s tweet reported in The Hill, the president said, “We’ve helped you a lot,” apparently referring to the federal response to Hurricane Maria’s destruction in 2017. The HIll article also reports… Read more »

Puerto Rico Back to Normal?

Actor Benicio Del Toro said in an interview with Steve Colbert that things are getting “back to normal” in Puerto Rico. “It’s taking time,” he said, and that has been a common theme in discussions of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, the most severe natural disaster ever to hit the U.S. territory. But Del… Read more »