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Author: William-Jose Velez

Delegate San Nicolas introduces HR 4262 to fund and expedite tax refunds

Delegate Michael San Nicolas (D) of Guam introduced HR 4262 today to entwine Guam law with the Organic Act to ensure tax refund deposits and expedite tax refund payments. HR 4262 specifically requires the Government of Guam, through the Organic Act of Guam, to process and pay a tax refund within 90 days of its individual filing, as opposed to the court order to pay within 6 months from the deadline to file. “This section basically means that if you filed a proper tax return in February, you will get paid in May, as opposed to waiting months longer...

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Amata hails success of bipartisan effort urging DHS action on REAL ID for COFA migrants

American Samoa Delegate Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R) hailed the success of a bipartisan request to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding its administrative rules which placed undue constraints on Compact of Freely Associated States migrants seeking to obtain REAL IDs. The DHS has responded with a change in those requirements to remove unnecessary barriers to the benefit of those living or working in the US from these valued Pacific allies. The effort was led on the House side by Dean of the House Representative Don Young (R) of Alaska and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D) of Hawaii,...

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US Virgin Islands Governor sends letter to President Trump advocating for US aid to The Bahamas

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump (R) urging the administration to provide United States aid to The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The governor drew on the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María and what Virgin Islanders experienced to empathize with Bahamian residents and their guests. “Having had these experiences, the people of the Virgin Islands understand all too well the feelings of helplessness, distress and displaced sense of purpose, safety and peace that the people of The Bahamas are currently experiencing,” Governor Bryan wrote. “As a territory of the United States,...

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Dorian directly impacts US Virgin Islands, spares most of Puerto Rico

After several unexpected turns in its path through the northeastern Caribbean Sea, what is now Hurricane Dorian ended up striking the United States Virgin Islands directly, making landfall in the island of St. Croix, while sparing most of Puerto Rico from its effects. The island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra however did get some of the storm’s winds and rain as it made its way through the region. As the storm’s forecasted path shifted, the administration of Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) had not issued any major declaration beyond offering sand bags to residents until a last minute press...

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Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands brace for impact of Tropical Storm Dorian

The United States territories of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands found themselves under a tropical storm warning, bracing for the impact of what is now Tropical Storm Dorian, expected to hit their region on Wednesday. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. While initially the National Hurricane Center forecasted the storm to pass south of Puerto Rico, the latest update on Tuesday August 27 had the storm’s eye passing directly over Puerto Rico’s main island, meaning the entirety of the territory would feel the storm’s effects....

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