Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CONGRESSMAN JOSE SERRANO "The most important issue is addressing Puerto Rico's colonial status, which has a significant negative impact on the economy.

Congressman Serrano Asks Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in PR to include the Island’s Status, Key Health Care Areas, Federal Poverty Programs, and Energy Reform in Group’s Agenda

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano, the most senior Member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent, sent a letter to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico with his recommendations for the task force as it decides how it will assist the island. In the letter, Congressman Serrano asks its members to include a number of specific items in its recommendations that are key to promoting Puerto Rico’s economic development and help working families on the island. 
“The Task Force’s work will be crucial in ensuring Puerto Rico successfully emerges from the current crisis and avoids similar problems in the future. As such, it is important that it includes key issues that are oftentimes considered irrelevant, given lower priority, or simply considered an afterthought when it comes to Puerto Rico’s economy. The most important of these is addressing Puerto Rico's colonial status, which has a significant negative impact on the economy. That is by far the most important economic stimulus for Puerto Rico's economy. Beyond that issue, equal access to federal health care benefits and programs; equal access to federal poverty programs and tax policies; and energy reforms are also key to the economic recovery. Including these changes in its recommendations will help the Task Force create a comprehensive proposal to assist Puerto Rico in its time of need and prevent a similar future crisis. I very much hope the task force gives them every consideration,” said Congressman Serrano.