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  • Puerto Rico governor pitches statehood as debt solution

    Boston Globe - 06/13/2017

    U.S. lawmakers, who have historically been skeptical of accepting Puerto Rico as a state, are especially loathe to do so now with the territory grappling with a financial crisis that is stifling its economy and elevating rates of poverty and joblessness, said Amilcar Antonio Barreto, a professor at Northeastern University.

    Congress has historically favored keeping the territorial status quo “because it’s the constitutional arrangement that gives them maximum flexibility over Puerto Rican affairs,” he said.

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