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Why Isn't Puerto Rico a State? Before becoming a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico was formerly a territory of Spain. However, during the time of the Spanish-American War, which lasted between April and August of 1898, the United States took an interest in Puerto Rico and invaded the island with the hopes of establishing a sugar market.


Puerto Rico is not a state because Puerto Ricans have voted on several occasions to NOT become a state.Puerto Rico have had the opportunity to become a state and has turned it down over and over again. And I think it is strange how NOW after IRMA, Puerto Ricans want all the benefits of statehood but still will not vote to become a state. ...


Puerto Rico (Spanish for "Rich Port"), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit. "Free Associated State of Puerto Rico") and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.


Originally, Puerto Rico was not a state for the same reason that Cuba and the Philippines were not a state. They were all sovereign entities that became the “spoils” of our victory over Spain in 1898. The greatest push for statehood by the US was ...


Puerto Rico has been a possession of the United States since 1898 — that’s 121 years at this writing. Puerto Rico is not the only territory of the United States, but it is the only one with a large population and the only one that has voted for statehood.


Puerto Rico are voting in August on whether they wish to be maintain their commonwealth status. Then there will be another referendum to determine whether they become a) a state, b) independent, or c) an associated state of the US. I think this second round of voting will partially depend upon the results of the first round.


I don´t know where that guy got his information but it´s not true. Between the state payroll taxes, including the state insurance taxes, plus federal taxes (minus federal income tax) and sales tax as it is everywhere not just some parts of the island, I pay about 30% to 40% income tax. From wikipedia´s article on puerto rico taxation.


why isn't puerto rico a state in the U.S.? ... Puerto Rico is not a state because there was a referendum (voting), that asked PuertoRicans if they wanted to be a state, stay as a commonwealth or be independent. PuertoRicans are super afraid of independency and of dependency of the same time. We don't want to pay state taxes because they ...


Argument “1. Statehood will do nothing to solve the immediate debt crisis”(1) is misleading b/c although it’s true that U.S. Federal help wouldn’t be immediately available to Puerto Rico as a state, it’s cities such as San Juan, etc. would in fact all be eligible for immediate Chapter 9 bankruptcy assistance so the magic door would in fact open to Puerto Rico’s cities if Puerto ...


Under this legislation (if passed), Puerto Rico would become incorporated (from its current unincorporated status) while equality with US States is phased in and Puerto Rico would fully become a US State by January 2021. The bill introduced into the House has bipartisan support with 37 cosponsors, including 22 Republicans and 15 Democrats.