Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

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Bad political news this week. The newspaper of record published their polling for the 2020 local elections. Puerto Rico will remain a red state (territory?) if the results are accurate. The new republican incumbent has a 2 to 1 lead over her likely opponents. That tendency continues down the line. Forecasting a dismal 2020 to 2024.

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Jeffrey wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:57 pm
Bad political news this week. The newspaper of record published their polling for the 2020 local elections. Puerto Rico will remain a red state (territory?) if the results are accurate. The new republican incumbent has a 2 to 1 lead over her likely opponents. That tendency continues down the line. Forecasting a dismal 2020 to 2024.
When you say Republican here, is that the same Republican party state-side? The one that tosses paper towels at disaster victims and holds up billions in congressional-approved Federal recovery money?

2-1, they like that? Weird.
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Yes. To recap the last year or two: the old governor Rosselló was a Democrat that ran as part of the Statehood party. Our representative to congress and president of the house and senate however were all republicans. When the chat logs leaked, the shaky alliance ended, the Rs in the legislature tried to impeach the governor but he resigned before the process started.

Because a bunch of members of his cabinet also resigned, the replacement governor was the secretary of justice who is republican, Wanda Vazquez. The one that’s flirting with Trump now. The governor tried to appoint Pierluisi, a Democrat who was with the Bloomberg campaign recently but the Supreme Court shut down that nomination as unconstitutional because it required senate confirmation which he didn’t have.

So now as it stands the Governor, representative and both legislative houses are red. And they will probably be re-elected if polls continue as is.

And I should put “like” in heavy quotation marks.
It’s 2 to 1 because the opposition parties have terrible approval ratings. So they can win with 40% of the vote. As mentioned in the Bernie thread, they’re running an ex-governor that was indicted for campaign finance violations for representative which is weighing down the ballot. In addition to the criminal allegations, the guy is also responsible for a good chunk of the islands debt as well as implementing the sales tax and issuing corresponding sales tax bonds.

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Speaking of our new republican governor. She is still trying to hide the report about the warehouses:


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I come bearing receipts. Two thirds of the Puerto Rican government at a Latinos for Trump event. Our representative for congress, the president of the House of Representatives, the governor between 2012-2016 and the current governor is apparently off camera. If there was a judge there you’d have all 3 branches of government.
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Warehousegate continues:
BREAKING: Puerto Rico Governors is appealing a judges order mandating that her department of justice release the report into the warehouse of undelivered aid in Ponce. It's a wonder why the governor is fighting so hard to have the documents kept from the public.

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Stateside Puerto Ricans demand answers on unused hurricane aid to Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rican government has only spent $15.2 million of the $1.5 billion available to the island in block grant funds from HUD.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna11 ... ssion=true

In the meantime 30,000 students in the earthquake affected regions of the island finally started school this week, in tents.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bvgp ... y-in-tents

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Puerto Rico has defaulted on Restructured Government Development Bank bonds, basically confirming what's long been suspected. The debt restructuring process has failed.

https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/puerto-r ... al-payment

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The governor of Puerto Rico cut the ribbon on a new cockfighting arena yesterday even though cockfighting has been illegal for several months:


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The governors strategy of sweet talking Trump is being tested today. She’s written asking for a bunch of stuff for the island.

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Tax drama. There is apparently bipartisan support for bringing Pharmaceutical manufacturing back to Puerto Rico.

https://roy.house.gov/media/press-relea ... -china-act

This has unleashed hell as some statehood supporters believe that would weaken the case for statehood.

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Jeffrey wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:38 pm
Tax drama. There is apparently bipartisan support for bringing Pharmaceutical manufacturing back to Puerto Rico.

https://roy.house.gov/media/press-relea ... -china-act

This has unleashed hell as some statehood supporters believe that would weaken the case for statehood.
Is that something like bringing manufacturing back to America #MAGA ? Will take at least a half a decade until anything may get produced in Puerto Rico. The next pandemic will be out by then :twisted:

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The reasoning is that many of the factories are still around or operating under capacity so ramping up in theory should be fast.

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Jeffrey wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:42 pm
The reasoning is that many of the factories are still around or operating under capacity so ramping up in theory should be fast.
You live there now so you probably have a better handle on what's going on than I do. I lived in Bayamón in 1968-1969, while my father built a 200,000 foot plant in Toa Baja for medical supply manufacturing. Not drug manufacturing to be sure -- most of that was on Route 3 east of San Juan on the way to Luquillo and Fajardo. But supply companies got the same tax breaks.

I don't know when the plant closed, but when my parents visited 6-8 years ago, for the first time back since we left, they found the building closed, with the equipment gone and the roof caved in. The issue is usually not the building but the production equipment -- if a plant has been closed for 10 years, even if it's maintained, the equipment is usually obsolete anyway and probably has to be ripped out and replaced; it is unlikely that they can restart it much sooner than building a new plant. And if they moved production to China, they probably sold the equipment to the Chinese company taking over production.

Additionally, if they do have existing certified capacity, that doesn't solve the equally important problem: even if you manufacture finished product here, 80%-plus of the ingredients come from China already.

So I'm not hopeful that this will amount to much if it's passed. Sounds like cheap grandstanding with the cute name for the bill being the main effect.

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I’m merely quoting the sales pitch, not endorsing it. I agree the idea that you can just fire up factories that have been closed for 14 years is crazy.

And yeah, section 936 was reliant on what you said. The raw chemicals (precursors) come from China, the final pill is made in Puerto Rico for the tax benefits. It doesn’t really change the underlying problem.

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Allegations that the secretary of health was forced to resign because she reported 500 covid tests went “missing”.
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With the test scandal heating up, the governor has chosen to pray the COVID away, leading some sort of prayer tonight:


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Worst public health crisis in maybe a century and these guys keep scamming.


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When it rains it pours:


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Tried to keep this one quiet


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Yeah


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The governor has lost her mind:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor is asking federal officials to ban all flights from U.S. cities with a high number of coronavirus cases to help prevent the spread in the U.S. territory.

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When it rains it pours. We have an outbreak of dengue fever now.
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And thinking about Johns point about precursors. You could fire up the petrochemical industry in the south again. A lot of drug precursors come from petroleum products.

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Jeffrey wrote:
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When it rains it pours. We have an outbreak of dengue fever now.
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And thinking about Johns point about precursors. You could fire up the petrochemical industry in the south again. A lot of drug precursors come from petroleum products.
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Surprising yet unsurprising news. Because of all the recent increases to Medicaid Puerto Rico now has a $570 million healthcare surplus:

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/loc ... d-2560555/

In bad news, it's reported that the FBI is investigating the allegedly fraudulent attempt at purchasing $40 million worth of COVID 19 tests:

https://www.wapa.tv/noticias/locales/fb ... 73669.html

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