Puerto Rico? Becoming a state?
- The background of statehood for Puerto Rico is that they have a poor economy, and until 2012 they did not want to become a state. They realized that for the people of Puerto Rico they needed the United States help.
- The Puerto Rican experience is different because they already have a different culture than us, so if they became a state they would lose all of it.
-Pros of Statehood
- Bring 7 House members, 2 Senators, and 9 Electoral votes
- $2 million to US Treasury
- Integration to economy will give more job and income benefits
- More independence with personal affairs
- Gain some say in developing regulations, and voting process
- Be an open market to sell with many countries around the world, which are in coalition with the US
-Cons of Statehood
- Lose culture and the Spanish language
- Not an individual in Olympic Games, Miss America, etc.
- Changed schooling system
- No longer tax exempt
- New American flag to be made
-There are numerous groups, and individuals who agree that Puerto Rico should become a state. Some believe that politicians are voting yes for the simple reason of being able to get more votes in elections.
-We recently polled 50 different people asking them if Puerto Rico should become a state. Out of the 50 people we polled 26 of them were female and 24 were male. 62.5% of males said yes to statehood, while 37.5% of males said no to statehood. 30.7% of females said yes to becoming a state, while 69.3% of females said no to statehood.
* If more people would have been polled, the percentages would be more accurate.