Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government – Jay L. Zagorsky

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government – 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes, crops and communications. Many weeks later, power has been restored to fewer than 20 percent of homes. A third of the population still lacks reliable drinking water.

I am an economist and have followed the hurricanes’ impact with great interest because my sister lives in Puerto Rico. She was off the island and preparing to fly back when Irma hit. Her friends in Puerto Rico all tell her the same message: “Don’t come back now.”

I began wondering: If the damage is that great, how much will overall U.S. gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation be affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico?     READ MORE

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  • Eugene Ross  On November 6, 2017 at 6:27 am

    maybe Puerto Rico should have a vote to become Canadian I’m sure Trump would then think twice I know as Canadians we appreciate all

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