Questions tagged [puerto-rico]

Puerto Rico is a US territorial island in the Gulf of Mexico. It has long been the subject of an ongoing attempt at becoming a US state. Use this tag for questions about the island politics, and the efforts to make it into a state.

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Why does the Puerto Rico governor get to forcefully pass bills rejected by their house and senate votes via a executive order?

I recently heard that the governor of Puerto Rico forced a bill to pass regarding charging for grocery bags, via an executive order, after the bill was voted down by both the house and the senate. ...
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What are the arguments for keeping the Jones Act, and who is making them?

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, there was a growing call to suspend the Jones Act, which imposes protectionist limits preventing any foreign ships from carrying goods between American ...
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Puerto Rico's political parties and statehood

What would happen to Puerto Rico's political parties if it became the 51st state? Is there any historical precedent for what happens?
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How much of Puerto Rico's economy is held by mainland individuals and companies?

Puerto Rico was once a Spanish colony, then a US sort-of-a-colony, then a commonwealth with citizenship. I know US agribusiness invested heavily in setting up/expanding a sugar cane industry on the ...
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Why would people protest the Puerto Rico statehood referendum by boycotting?

I was confused by the logic of the Puerto Rico boycott of the statehood referendum. While it's true that 97% voted for statehood, that represents a paltry 23% of the residents in total From the NY ...
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If Puerto Rico becomes the 51st U.S state, would the U.S flag be altered to include 51 stars?

In the event that Puerto Rico becomes the 51st American state, will this result in the alteration to the U.S flag to include 51 stars instead of 50? I'm not from the U.S, but one of those ubiquitous ...
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Different Roles in US House of Representatives

What's the difference between these three? In particular between the second and third one: Representative for a state Delegate for a territory Resident Comissioner of a territory
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If Puerto Rico votes to become USA's 51st state, what effect would it have on Spanish being the primary official language?

Currently, Spanish is the main official language of Puerto Rico: P. Rico Senate declares Spanish over English as first official language The Puerto Rican Senate approved a bill Thursday declaring ...
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Have federal control boards been successful?

The House Committee on Natural Resources recently approved a bill with the purpose of solving the Puerto Rico fiscal crisis. It creates a federal oversight board (PROMESA), which will have the ability ...
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What are the conditions and benefits of U.S. insular properties like Puerto Rico?

I always wanted to know which is the legal status of the associated states of United States like Puerto Rico. Who is the state head, of this kind of territory? Why can't they vote for the United ...