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Calling on the Presidential Candidates to Prioritize Puerto Rico

The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition of advocacy groups called on the 2020 presidential candidates to “publicly support a comprehensive platform addressing the fiscal and economic crises facing Puerto Rico” in a letter dated March 20, the 18-month anniversary of when Hurricane María made landfall on the island.

In reporting on the letter, Manhattan Times’ Gregg McQueen writes:

It calls for a number of actions, including elimination of the Jones Act, tax incentives for job creation, support for small businesses and evacuees living stateside, and the end of the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board.

“A recent report by the Center for the New Economy (CNE) revealed that 90% of federal disaster relief contracts after Hurricane María have gone to firms in the continental U.S. instead of Puerto Rico-based firms,” the letter said. “This needs to change immediately.”

The coalition also called for a “Marshall Plan”-type recovery system to be employed to rebuild the island.

The coalition will also make another political push, said Melissa Mark-Viverito, interim president of the Latino Victory Project and former City Council speaker. Find out what that is at Manhattan Times.

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