Puerto rico's poverty in relation to us states and its arcane tax system could complicate a potential bid for statehood photo by molly j smith puerto rico's economy has experienced a downward spiral since the 1970s based on tax-incentivized investments from big business and the largesse of. The us territory is voting once more on whether to become america's 51st state - but many islanders are questioning the timing of the referendum, and the cost. The statehood movement in puerto rico aims to make puerto rico a state of the united states five referenda have been held on the topic, most recently in 2017.
Puerto rico set up its own government in 1952, and its residents do not pay federal income taxes to washington on their local earnings unless the island holds another vote that yields a different result, however, puerto rico has now officially requested statehood. The advantages of statehood for puerto rico are obvious: the sometimes bizarre legal inequalities between puerto rico and the states would end, immediately helping disaster response for example, puerto rico would be eligible for d-snap, the special food stamp program for disaster victims. Puerto rico voted again sunday and partial results show most voters support us statehood puerto rico's attempt to restructure its debt, a bankruptcy-like proceeding tailor-made for its status as a territory, vastly outpaces similar municipal bankruptcies like detroit's $185 billion chapter 9 filing in. On june 11, puerto ricans will have an opportunity to vote in a nonbinding plebiscite to determine puerto rico's political status local voters will choose among three options: statehood, independence or territorial autonomy - or keeping the status quo.
Puerto rico statehood movement no my opinion on its possible statehood is not based on party politics taxation without representation is tyranny and it is wrong that american citizens in puerto rico, guam, the us virgin islands, and other possessions of the united states are obliged to pay. Puerto rico on sunday overwhelmingly voted for statehood but congress, the only body that can approve new states, will ultimately decide whether the status of the us commonwealth changes ninety-seven percent of the votes in the nonbinding referendum favored statehood, an increase over the. That's the view of this reader, alberto c medina: let's leave aside, for the moment, the question of whether puerto ricans do or should want statehood, because it's fundamental but ultimately secondary to whether the united states is conceivably willing to grant it. Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to make puerto rico a state by 2021, though critics questioned its timing in a midterm year to sum everything up, this is about equality, said puerto rico's pro-statehood, nonvoting member of congress, jenniffer gonzález.
Puerto rico gov ricard rosselló asked president donald trump to consider statehood for the us territory puerto rican leaders are pushing for statehood harder than ever the island — plagued by the devastation of hurricane maria and still struggling to rebuild — has been a us territory since 1898. Puerto rico wrote its own constitution, which was approved by congress and signed by president harry s puerto rico came under us control in 1898 after the spanish-american war it has its own governor its commonwealth status means puerto rico is subject to us federal laws, though island. Regarding puerto rico, all the recent and serious economic studies, including the latest from the statehood is also an issue of self-determination for the united states we are talking about the since its inception, the american nation has had on its official seal the following motto: e pluribus unum. Studies have shown puerto rico has not been able, and cannot grow economically at an adequate rate as a territory or commonwealth faster economic development under statehood will mean higher incomes for us citizens living in puerto rico, and a much improved standard of living for all. The puerto rico statehood process puerto rico became a united states territory in 1898 and people born in puerto rico have automatically been in 1952, puerto rico ratified its territorial constitution establishing a republican form of government, which was approved by the us congress.
Puerto rico is also not a country while puerto rico fields sports teams in international sporting events and competes in international beauty pageants, the government of puerto rico can't make trade deals with nations or make decisions about its currency, or take any other steps available to. Puerto rico voted overwhelmingly for statehood in june — and its governor is moving ahead with steps like assigning a delegation puerto ricans, who are american citizens, and the general us population do not agree on the tiny island's statehood quest only 32 percent of americans in last. Puerto rico is making its biggest push for statehood in years, filing legislation in congress that would make the island the 51st state by 2021 the aggressive push for statehood comes less than a year after the island was devastated by hurricane maria, and residents who feel ignored by the federal. Since puerto rico does not currently hold statehood status, it is unable to access chapter 9 of the us bankruptcy code, like detroit could when it if puerto rico became a state, its residents would no longer be exempt from paying federal income taxes with puerto ricans already struggling to pay.
Puerto rico's statehood debate a protester carries a puerto rican flag during a rally opposing the government's austerity measures the recent vote may not advance puerto rican statehood, but it may focus attention on its heavy debts and exposure to upcoming us health-care and budget. Critics of the federal response to maria, comparing it to the relief efforts in texas after hurricane harvey, believe it would have been more effective if the us territory were a state with representation in washington. (content courtesy of the puerto rico statehood society) the in the 1980 harris v rosario case, the supreme court of the united states acknowledged that puerto rico fell directly under the territorial clause of the us constitution and under the authority of congress: congress, pursuant to its.
Puerto ricans were delivering conflicting messages before a skeptical congress the day after voters overwhelmingly cast ballots in favor of statehood a woman helping a voter on sunday in san juan during puerto rico's nonbinding referendum for decolonizationcrediterika p rodriguez for the new. Puerto rico governor ricardo rossello joins 'squawk box' to discuss hurricane maria recovery efforts, working with elon musk on energy units and the statehood the original death toll was 64, but the island commissioned its own study that found nearly 3,000 people died during the hurricane and its.
Puerto rico is preparing to vote on becoming the 51st us state, but there are several other options that the islanders can choose from in the non-binding referendum, including maintaining the status quo to becoming a full-fledged country on its own amid a historic bankruptcy declaration, puerto ricans. So puerto rico spends all its money then decides it wants to be a state i don't think so why on earth would the us want this burden given that statehood is permanent, there should be an enthusiastic, overwhelming majority required to even be considered for statehood in order to avoid. Watch puerto rico upholds statehood demand in vote amilcar antonio barreto, an associate professor of cultures, societies and global studies at northeastern university in boston barreto said puerto rico's government will push congress to take the vote seriously but that is unlikely to happen.