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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Puerto Rico: Information on How Statehood Would Potentially Affect Selected Federal Programs and Revenue Sources

Categories: Govt Finance,Puerto Rico,Taxes,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661334.pdf

Examines potential changes to selected federal social services programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Supplemental Security Income, if Puerto Rico were to become a state.  Spending for most of these programs would increase substantially, but the federal government would also collect more from corporate and individual  income taxes.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Puerto Rico’s Political Status and the 2012 Plebiscite: Background and Key Questions

Categories: Puerto Rico

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42765.pdf

Reviews the results of the 2012 voting on whether the citizens wanted to retain the current political status with the U.S. or preferred statehood and the contradictory results of the elections for the territorial legislature.  Also reviews events since 2012.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Puerto Rico’s Political Status and the 2012 Plebiscite: Background and Key Questions

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Puerto Rico

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42765.pdf

Previews the November 2012 vote in Puerto Rico on whether voters prefer statehood, independence, or a sovereign free associated state. Also considers Puerto Rico’s current status and issues for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress

Categories: History,Latin America,Puerto Rico

http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL32933_20100423.pdf

Describes history and early governance of Puerto Rico, the development of the island’s constitution, status debates and votes since 1952, and current issues of debate over the political status.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.