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Without Senate Action, Puerto Rico, Other Territories Lack Critical Health, Food Aid

May 16, 2019

The Senate still hasn’t approved emergency disaster relief legislation, keeping more than a million Americans who live in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories without much-needed health and food aid. While negotiations to finalize the Senate’s disaster bill reportedly are making progress, the Senate must...

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Working Families Tax Relief Act Would Help Puerto Rico Families

May 14, 2019

Low- and moderate-income families in Puerto Rico would get a significant income boost from the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would substantially expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in Puerto Rico as well as nationally and also help the Commonwealth expand...

Puerto Rico EITC Modest Compared to Federal EITC

Without Immediate Federal Action, 1.4 Million Puerto Rico Residents Face Food Aid Cuts

February 5, 2019

March 1, 2019: This blog post has been updated with more recent information about the size of NAP benefit cuts and the number of people affected.

Some 1.4 million Puerto Rico residents will face deep cuts in food assistance or lose it entirely in March unless President Trump and Congress provide more funding for the Commonwealth’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), which is...

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Puerto Rico on Verge of Implementing an EITC

December 10, 2018

With Puerto Rico’s governor signing a major tax package into law today, the Commonwealth is slated to implement a local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2019. The EITC is a proven and much-needed tool that should help the Commonwealth combat high levels of poverty (...

Puerto Rico's New EITC Will Boost Working Households' Incomes

Without More Federal Funding, 1.4 Million Puerto Rico Residents Face Food Aid Cuts

December 10, 2018

Some 1.4 million Puerto Rico residents will face deep cuts in food assistance or lose it entirely in March unless President Trump and Congress provide more funding for the Commonwealth’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) — which is Puerto Rico’s version of SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers can avert this “March cliff” by providing the needed funding in the disaster legislation they may...

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