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.

Shortchanging the Territories in Medicaid Funding

An expansionist outlook of American leaders in the late 1800s led the United States to acquire possessions outside of the contiguous land that we still refer to as “the mainland.” However, other than designing military strategies that would provide the U.S. a geopolitical advantage, little thought was given to how these territories would be governed.

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.

Transparencia en la era de PROMESA

Buenos días a todos los presentes y mi agradecimiento a la administración y gerencia de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, en especial a su presidente el Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez Arocho, al Padre Feliciano Rodríguez Domínguez, director del Instituto Superior Nacional de Pastoral, y al Licenciado Víctor García San Inocencio por la invitación a participar en este Foro sobre el Acceso a la Información y la Documentación Pública y la Fiscalización Ciudadana.

La Junta enseña sus cartas

No fueron pocos los que cabildearon a favor y aplaudieron la eventual aprobación del proyecto de ley federal conocido por sus siglas en inglés, PROMESA. Luego de un largo año desde que el gobernador de entonces, Alejandro García Padilla, apalabró lo evidente: que la matemática fiscal no cuadraba y que no había dinero para pagar la deuda pública, el gobierno federal intervino nombrando una junta para tomar control de las nuevas peripecias de la colonia y atender nuestros entuertos legales y económicos.

Pulling Out of the Quagmire: Can Puerto Rico’s Labor Movement Survive the Island’s Debt Crisis?

By: Jennifer Wolff, Director of Programs and Communications [1]“We are a country who has just discovered that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, a kid who catches Mom and Dad assembling gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve. It’s a shock.” Iram Ramírez is Senior International Representative and International Coordinator of Field Services for the Office and Read More