Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

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More bad news:



In political news El Nuevo Día’s poll is out.

Most salient point for national news is that Carmín Yulín who feuded with Trump and I got flack for trying to explain she is a local anomaly, is down to a 17% approval rating. She’s currently working for the Bernie campaign which makes me think whoever is advising Bernie on Puerto Rico issues is doing a bad job.

Locally, unsurprisingly 57% supported and thought Rosellos resignation was a good thing. The new governor is up to a 38% approval rating. For the opposition party, also unsurprisingly Bhatia is in the lead with a 59% likely vote vs 49% compared to May. Full disclosure, that’s my pick for 2020.
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Oh and if you’re arguing with trolls claiming the arrests confirm the “corrupt democrats in Puerto Rico” narrative:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abel_Nazario#

The guy that got arrested is a republican.
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:like:
Buckle up, peeps, this ride is gonna get BUMPY. :shock:
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The last 48 hours of news are a great couple of examples of why we have (need?) an unelected fiscal oversight board.

The senate is proposing a 33% increase in Judges salaries. This would increase the average salary from $125,000 to $183,000:

https://www.telemundopr.com/noticias/de ... 51431.html

A doubling in vacation days for public employees passed in the senate:

https://www.univision.com/local/puerto- ... s-publicos

And the senate passed a resolution opposing any cuts to public pensions:

https://caribbeanbusiness.com/retirees- ... sion-cuts/
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This was intimated at two months ago. But with the liberal governor out and the new republican governor in, the legislature is about to pass anti LGBT and conservative measures next week. Ricky Martin is calling on activists to protest but it’s probably too late.

https://www.noticel.com/ahora/ricky-mar ... 1139968881
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Infrastructure news :clap: . Parts of San Juan have had no water for three days:

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Interesting poll of PR voters in Florida. Unsurprisingly they don’t like Trump but they dislike PR politicians even more.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... ctober.pdf
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I’m non-news, people are upset that Disney+ isn’t available in Puerto Rico:

https://t.co/HJIxjMQS4d?amp=1

Somehow it means that Disney is racist and not that doing business in Puerto Rico is unnecessarily complicated and expensive.

In real news, the new civil code will allow for a symbolic vote for president during election years:

https://t.co/roIVmEAUqs?amp=1
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Jeffrey wrote: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:08 am I’m non-news, people are upset that Disney+ isn’t available in Puerto Rico:

https://t.co/HJIxjMQS4d?amp=1

Somehow it means that Disney is racist and not that doing business in Puerto Rico is unnecessarily complicated and expensive.

In real news, the new civil code will allow for a symbolic vote for president during election years:

https://t.co/roIVmEAUqs?amp=1
Does that mean that PR can let Trump know they don't like him?
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This isn’t even the first time this fascist bastard does this:

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English article discussing the amendments being discussed behind closed doors(I will once again point out that I predicted this two months ago):

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/11/pue ... ying-stop/

Meanwhile a report on PR infrastructure came out today:

https://www.infrastructurereportcard.or ... erto-rico/

This is from October but found it today. Comparison of USVI vs PR recovery. Summary: the Virgin Islands are recovering slowly while PR is nearly back to normal:

https://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkf ... ounds.html

Finally for some insane reason the Disney plus delay is being covered by CNBC:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/12/disney- ... -week.html
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Puerto Rico embraces sovereign citizenry? Senator proposes legislation prohibiting any state official from collaborating with federal authorities with prosecution of cockfighting:

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One of them got it correct--cockfighting won't be allowed if PR were to become a state.
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The amendment to federal law will make it illegal in territories. Although as the judge pointed out, raising roosters for cockfighting has been illegal in Puerto Rico since 2002.
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In political news. The statehood party has an official candidate for governor, Pedro Pierluisi. In a national context, in 2008-2012 Pierluisi supported Obama and worked for his campaign in some capacity, and in 2016 endorsed Hillary. His candidacy in local terms is a lot more complicated. Based on very early polling and general circumstances he's almost guaranteed to win.

In impeachment news, our non-voting representative to congress claims the impeachment proceedings may indirectly benefit Puerto Rico. Medicaid funding negotions, according to her, are being stalled by the impeachment process so Puerto Rico's current 100% Medicaid funding might be extended for another month. My very rough estimate is that this works out to an extra $120 million dollars for the island.
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Reconstruction news I forgot to post last week:

https://www.pressreader.com/puerto-rico ... 6911507730

The new governor is asking for an exemption from having to provide FEMA with cost estimates before receiving funding. As the article explains, Section 428 of the Stafford act makes cost estimates a requirement.

A month ago she asked for a time extension on the cost estimates but now she's asking for the requirement to be waived entirely.

Where it gets scandalous for local voters is that the former governor created COR3 via executive order shortly after Hurricane Maria. The purpose of COR3 is to basically get money from FEMA. In the two years since the creation of COR3, they have only completed cost estimates on 51 out of 42,136 reconstruction projects.

I can't get an exact number on COR3's budget but it is paying two companies $220 million to, among other things, make the cost estimates.

More shockingly, the former Federal Coordinator for FEMA is now working for one of the companies being paid to pretend to create cost estimates.
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NPR has written an article about the Medicaid situation although I’d argue it is misleading for the article to omit that the current level of funding is 100%. i.e. The feds pay for all of it while Alabama, the state they use for comparison, has to chip in a dollar for every $2.57 the feds pay.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... erritories
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Partially good news. The continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded that Trump signed does in fact include 100% Medicaid funding for PR until December.

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/eeu ... l-2530899/
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Football game interrupted to protest, among other things, investing in PR debt:

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Sunday has gotten off to a bad start.

An FBI agent was robbed at gun point and his credentials stolen:

https://www.noticel.com/la-calle/polici ... 1145029552

Two tourists were also robbed in the tourist zone:
https://www.elvocero.com/ley-y-orden/as ... 38de1.html

Meanwhile the headline for El Nuevo Día is that traffic jams have paradoxically gotten worse even though a good chunk of people have left the island:
https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/loc ... n-2531164/
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Technically unconfirmed right now but a candidate for governor claims Mnuchin is planning to announce the end of the ability for corporations in Puerto Rico to credit a specific tax paid here on their federal tax returns. This represents a loss of ~$2 billion dollars a year for the island.

It’s my understanding that republicans in congress prohibited the credit in 2017 but it hasn’t been enforced yet. Incidentally no Democratic candidate for president has addressed the issue.

(Goes without saying that this is probably the biggest blow dealt to the island by the Trump administration)

https://radioisla.tv/tesoro-federal-pre ... -foraneas/
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A scandalous Tuesday morning. Royal Caribbean is cancelling hundreds of cruise trips to the island in 2020. Speculation is that they don’t like the company who got the contract to handle the port. Huge loss of tourism revenue, lots of blame being thrown around.

https://www.elnuevodia.com/negocios/emp ... o-2531589/

And a follow up on the symbolic vote for president. It has been delayed until 2024. There is speculation that the reason for the delay is not the financial reason cited but rather that a Democratic supermajority in the symbolic vote could turn off Republicans from supporting statehood for the island.

https://www.metro.pr/pr/noticias/2019/1 ... iones.html
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The grandfather who is facing charges after his granddaughter fell out of a cruise ship has given his side of the story:



Meanwhile the NYT has written a controversial summary of the Aurelius case:

https://t.co/GHcq6buKd6?amp=1

And for spice, Nina Droz, who was convicted and sentenced for conspiracy to commit arson, finished her 3 year sentence yesterday and was released. The usual suspects are hailing her as a hero:

https://www.telemundopr.com/noticias/de ... 85412.html
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New York Times - (photos)
FEMA’s Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Stalled

Two years after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, records show the agency’s work on long-term recovery on the islands is crawling compared with some states on the mainland.


ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands — More than two years after back-to-back hurricanes ravaged this tropical island, medical workers are still treating gunshot wounds in hallways and kidney failure in a trailer. They ignore their own inflamed rashes that they say are caused by the mold that has shut down an entire hospital floor below a still-porous roof.

At least they have a hospital. The lone medical center on Vieques, an idyllic island that is part of Puerto Rico, was severely damaged by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, then abandoned to wandering roosters and grazing horses. Ailing people wait at the ferry dock to catch a boat to the mainland.

Two years on, “we are in the same situation as we were in the days after the hurricane,” said Rafael Surillo Ruiz, the mayor of Yabucoa, on Puerto Rico’s hard-hit eastern edge.

An examination of Federal Emergency Management Agency data and records demonstrates the degree to which the recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma on America’s Caribbean islands has been stalled compared with some of the most disaster-prone states on the mainland, leaving the islands’ critical infrastructure in squalor and limbo. FEMA officials say 190 long-term recovery projects have been funded in Puerto Rico — out of more than 9,000 requests. On the United States Virgin Islands, about 218 projects had funding — out of more than 1,500 requests and still counting.
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