Puerto Rico’s Troubled Economy And Dissent Over Statehood Options
Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory for more than a century. In 1917, its people were granted American citizenship. Then in the 1970s, Congress granted special tax breaks to corporations locating on the island. This briefly led to an economic boom. But a change in U.S. tax laws combined with a global recession dramatically altered Puerto Rico’s fortunes. For the past eight years, the island has been in recession with double-digit unemployment and a $100 billion debt burden. Only 40 percent of working-age Puerto Ricans are employed. And more than 100,000 have left for the U.S. mainland. Diane and her guests explore the troubled economy of Puerto Rico and what it means for the U.S.
national economics reporter, The Washington Post.
research fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics, Georgetown University.
congressman and resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, a non-voting member who caucuses with the Democrats; member of the New Progressive Party (NPP).
executive director, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA); former trade policy adviser, government of Puerto Rico; adjunct professor, The George Washington University.