Puerto Rico’s debt woes play into statehood debate
International Business Times - 05/17/2015
But the long-standing stalemate between supporters of the status quo and supporters of statehood isn’t about to shift anytime soon, said Amilcar Antonio Barreto, an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University who has specialized in Puerto Rican politics. The current debt crisis will only dim the prospects for the pro-statehood camp, he said.
“An economic crisis of this magnitude makes it a lot easier for those who oppose statehood to just wash their hands of the whole thing,” he said, noting that Congress hasn’t engaged the statehood idea seriously for decades. “For better or worse, Puerto Rico is going to muddle along as a commonwealth with no consensus and no change in status, and Congress can breathe a sigh of relief.”