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Author: Sarah Haynes

Rosselló’s cabinet loses two of its main players

While Governor Rosselló has been defending his cabinet and officials from the United States federal government, he has also been having to clean up his own house a little bit following two major changes in his cabinet. Two of the heavy hitters serving as the secretaries in the Department of Education and Department of Public Safety have tendered their resignations to Rosselló. Julia Kehelerand Hector Pesquera have stepped down from their respective positions and we are starting to see the effects brought about by this change. Julia Keleher who was a transplant administrator that the Governor had brought over...

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The scandal surrounding the aid sent from Puerto Rico to Venezuela, in context

UN Secretary General Antionio Guterres says that humanitarian aid should never be used as a political pawn, but rather that the aid should be given out to those who would need it “…with the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence.” On February 7, the US territory of Puerto Rico sent a plane to Venezuela filled with supplies to assist the citizens in the dictatorially ruled South American country. Venezuela has been facing starvation epidemics, medicine shortages, and lack of daily necessities. The United States also pledged $20 million worth of aid to Venezuela, that’s in addition to 3,600...

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Talks of Puerto Rico statehood are alive and well

Talks of Puerto Rico statehood are alive and well over a year following the devastation of the hurricanes of 2017. Congressional members Jenniffer González-Colón and former Natural resources Chairperson Rob Bishop were working together on a memorandum regarding the plebiscite vote and beginning the process of moving Puerto Rico into statehood. While still in the draft stages the report is said to consider the plebiscite authentic despite the opposition of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) to the vote and their claims of illegitimacy. Before the hurricanes, Governor Ricardo Rosselló had made steps to enact a “Tennessee Plan” to send...

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Oversight Board drafts and approves FY19 budgets

As of September 30, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico has approved the fiscal year budget for 2019 for PREPA and other island utilities. Quoted as saying that a strong independent regulator is key “for injecting confidence, stability, and predictability into Puerto Rico’s energy market,” the Puerto Rican Energy Bureau (PREB) will be receiving $7.6 million in the upcoming budget appropriations. This budget also includes the resolution to improve the organizational structure for a better and stronger workflow. However, there are concerns with the rate change that came from the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA)...

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Puerto Rican Independence Party wants voters to decide the future of the Financial Oversight and Management Board

The governor of Puerto Rico has been mounting an effort to move Puerto Rico into becoming the newest state to join the union. While recently the votes have been swinging in favor of statehood, though not by much, there are people in Puerto Rico who are strong advocates for an independent Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) rounds out the political views on Puerto Rico’s stance in regards to the United States balancing the New Progressive Party (NPP), and Popular Democratic Party (PDP), who advocate for statehood and status quo respectively. While the PDP has been debating...

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