Mac Mcleod
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Seriously... Puerto Rico needs to hold an election and become a state yesterday.

I'll be sending some more money with the start of the new year and encourage people to do likewise.

The Trump Administration has cut the relief force to about a third and has withdrawn leadership turning it over to locals.

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If Puerto Rico became a State, they would have to collect Federal income taxes, and the combined Federal + State income taxes would be the highest in the nation by some distance. It would remove the unique advantages of their territorial status and encourage the flight of productive people from the island.

The best thing the U.S. could do for them is to repeal the Jones act. The best thing that they can do for themselves is to announce restructuring of their public debt and a haircut to bondholders. The natural disaster is a good excuse in that regard and they shouldn't let it go to waste.

They could light a fire under any privately-operated utility companies to restore service by threatening the summary cancellation of utility easements in areas that are still without.
 
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If they had two senators, they'd be the target of largess like the states on the right.



Yes- I also agree addressing the Jones act would help them a lot.

But with 3.4 million citizens, they are larger than many states yet have no real representation.
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Congress would also have to recognize PR as a state. Not sure I see the GOP-controlled Congress approving statehood and two for-certain Democrat seats in the Senate any time soon.
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Yeah, I thought they already voted for statehood, they just don’t have it because Republicans oppose it out of political self-interest.
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So by 2018-2020 then.
 
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