Estancamiento institucional

En 1948 el ingreso neto per cápita en Puerto Rico era $256 por persona. La infraestructura de carreteras, electricidad y telecomunicaciones era rudimentaria, por no decir artesanal. Ese año pasaron muchas cosas en la isla. Y aunque usted no lo crea el 2 de noviembre de ese año se llevaron a cabo unas elecciones generales.

Incertidumbre y turbulencia

Incertidumbre significativa. Esa fue la frase que utilizó Jerome Powell, Presidente de la Junta de Gobernadores del Sistema de la Reserva Federal, para describir la recuperación de la economía de Estados Unidos en su testimonio ante el Comité de Banca, Vivienda y Asuntos Urbanos del Senado de Estados Unidos.

Neblina

De cara al Plan Fiscal más reciente, Sergio Marxuach presenta dos propuestas de política pública para adelantar el proceso de quiebra actual aún con la gran incertidumbre que existe.

FOMB for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the appointment of the members of the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) did not violate the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Appointments Clause states that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States . . .” (Art. II, §2, cl. 2). The members of the FOMB were appointed pursuant to a complicated process that did not require the advice and consent of the Senate.

Sick and Abandoned

For decades, Puerto Rico has received limited funding to run a bare-bones Medicaid program that fails to provide adequate care for 1.5 million people who depend on the program. It is time for Congress to stop nickel-and-diming Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, and enact a permanent, comprehensive fix.

La agenda para el nuevo Congreso

Guiar en Puerto Rico no es fácil.  Siempre existe el riesgo de perder una goma por los numerosos y profundos huecos en las carreteras.  A pesar que todos reconocen el problema, atender el asunto es complicado. 

Proposals for Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Puerto Rico

TREAT PUERTO RICO FAIRLY – Puerto Ricans are US citizens by birth. Therefore, Congress should treat Puerto Rico as a state for purposes of allocating disaster recovery and rebuilding funds. Funding provided through FEMA and the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program should be allocated to Puerto Rico on terms and conditions no less advantageous than those applicable to the fifty states, including funding for hazard mitigation to ensure we minimize harm from similar events in the future.