Rosanna Torres and Sergio M. Marxuach, CNE’s Washington DC Office Director and Public Policy Director, provided written testimony on October 30 for a hearing of the US House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on the issue of possible amendments to the PROMESA legislation.
CNE has developed the FPMCM Dashboard for users to query on trends regarding federal post-María contracting for reconstruction works in Puerto Rico.
Los fondos federales para la reconstrucción después de un desastre natural se administran a través de un complicado entramado de programas, manejados por diferentes agencias y están sujetos a una multiplicidad de reglas y reglamentos. En términos generales, las dos agencias principales son la Administración Federal para el Manejo de Desastres (“FEMA”) y el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (“HUD”).
Actualmente, La Junta de Planificación está llevando a cabo un ejercicio de calificación de suelos, de forma poco transparente y atropellada, que busca alterar significativamente las directrices existentes. Con este escrito queremos proveer un trasfondo general sobre las implicaciones de estos cambios, aclarar algunos términos que pueden ser técnicos y escabrosos, y proponer un debate sobre asuntos críticos para la planificación y el futuro de Puerto Rico.
The summer of 2019 witnessed a masterful demonstration of civic engagement by the people of Puerto Rico. When accusations of corruption, misconduct, and deceit threatened to tarnish the island’s reputation, the people of Puerto Rico —both home and abroad— took to the streets peacefully to clean house and show the world that civility and honesty can prevail in the face of daunting political challenges.
Puerto Rico’s protracted economic depression — and the draconian measures implemented to combat the resulting fiscal imbalances — have eroded the island’s government capacity to perform at all levels and created fertile ground for unscrupulous actors to engage in fraudulent behavior. Severe austerity programs implemented since 2006 have led to: drastic budget cuts in numerous key agencies, high employee turnover, low morale amongst public servants and limited resources across the board.
Recently, there has been a heated debate about whether Puerto Rico has been treated fairly by the federal government in the allocation of funds for disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The answer to this question is complicated because it depends in large measure in understanding (1) how the federal appropriations process works and (2) how the different kinds of assistance programs function.
Blueprint, the CNE Growth Commission housing and land initiative, continues to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and information through a series of public gatherings and events. There is a need to broaden the discussion about housing in Puerto Rico in the post-disaster period, including issues pertaining to safe and durable housing; Blueprint achieves this by bringing together various sectors in collaborative efforts.