Fifty-First State?

Jun 12, 2017

Puerto Ricans voted in a non-binding referendum on Sunday to choose to join the United States as the 51st state. For something so drastic, voter turnout was a mere 23 percent. The lowest level of participation in any election since 1967. The desire for statehood is particularly appealing because the territory is bankrupt. It needs access to US government programs to channel money into the island. In light of secessionist type movements around the world such as Brexit, Catalonia, and Calexit, Puerto Rico is taking a different approach. The island wants to join the world’s largest debtor nation. Puerto Ricans already pay into Social Security, Medicare, and local taxes. Puerto Ricans would become subject to the U.S. income tax. Puerto Ricans might be better off voting for independence.