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.

Industrial Sectors and Risk From COVID-19 in Puerto Rico

The new executive orders enacted by the Government of Puerto Rico, which have allowed more businesses to begin operating after a long lockdown period, have once again raised concerns about the risks of exposure to the coronavirus. As a follow up to previous analyses we conducted on risk by occupations, we produced a new dashboard focused on Puerto Rico’s industrial sectors.

Asuntos pendientes

Además de atender la emergencia de salud pública producto de la pandemia del COVID-19, el gobierno de Puerto Rico tiene una cargada agenda de asuntos pendientes. Entre estos podemos mencionar la reestructuración de la deuda del gobierno central; poner en marcha la reconstrucción de la infraestructura afectada por los huracanes de 2017 y los terremotos de este año; y la modernización de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (“AEE”), entre otros asuntos.

Who’s at risk from COVID-19? A closer look at occupations in Puerto Rico

As discussions of “reopening” the Puerto Rican economy advance, we feel it’s important to consider which workers face greater risks of becoming infected with the coronavirus, given some particular attributes of their occupations. For example, because some occupations require constant person-to-person interactions, like dentists and flight attendants, and others only on occasion—think of sculptors and archivists—the risk of infection varies significantly depending on the kind of job you have and how you work.

Descifrar el riesgo en tiempos del coronavirus

No es inusual, ante una crisis, escuchar a un gobernante o leer algún eslogan publicitario que apela a la unidad ante la adversidad e insinuar que “todos estamos en el mismo bote”.  Sin lugar a dudas, el esfuerzo colectivo es clave, especialmente en estos tiempos cuando quedarse en la casa es la manera más efectiva de controlar el contagio de un virus que se propaga con suma rapidez y puede ser letal. Pero no nos llamemos a engaños.

Prioridades

El Centro para una Nueva Economía propone un marco conceptual, “vivir bajo riesgo”, para analizar los riesgos y el impacto de los recientes desastres naturales.