Puerto Rico included in ‘Economic Freedom of North America’ report


Puerto Rico is the least-free jurisdiction with 2.04; the least-free state’s score was more than twice as high. New York is once again the least-free state (4.25) for the eighth consecutive year, followed by California (4.59), Hawaii (4.65), Vermont (4.7), and Oregon (4.92). Scores are based on data from 2020, the latest year of available comparable data.


Puerto Rico is included for the first time in the prestigious report Economic Freedom of North America


Florida is the most economically-free state and Puerto Rico, the least-free jurisdiction in the United States. The Fraser Institute, an independent non-partisan Canadian public policy research and educational organization, recently released the Economic Freedom of North America 2022 report, which measures the degree of economic freedom in various jurisdictions in Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico. This year, it included Puerto Rico for the first time.


The change from PAN to PANS in Puerto Rico


Currently, Puerto Rico has about $60 billion in federal disaster recovery funds allocated for construction and energy projects, not counting additional funds that could be received from Hurricane Fiona. If PANS is implemented, many beneficiaries could take advantage of these job opportunities while contributing to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico.


SNAP, an asset for Puerto Rico's productivity


The proposal to extend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Puerto Rico should be seen as an opportunity to improve the quality of life of thousands of families while their members are integrated, based on their abilities, into the labor force.


Report: 250K people in Puerto Rico could work and keep gov’t aid


The Puerto Rico Institute for Economic Liberty (ILE, in Spanish) released a public policy report on the potential shift from the Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that concluded that that nearly 250,000 people could be inserted into the island’s labor force and keep their benefits until they can overcome government dependency. It also emphasizes the agility with which SNAP would address Puerto Rico’s needs when faced with natural events such as Hurricane Fiona or another pandemic.


The Puerto Rico Institute for Economic Freedom publishes a report on the change from NAP to SNAP on the Island


The Puerto Rico Institute for Economic Liberty (ILE, in Spanish) released a public policy report on the potential shift from the Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that concluded that that nearly 250,000 people could be inserted into the island’s labor force and keep their benefits until they can overcome government dependency. It also emphasizes the agility with which SNAP would address Puerto Rico’s needs when faced with natural events such as Hurricane Fiona or another pandemic.


Puerto Rican migration in search of economic freedom


When looking at other states and territories, it is notable that those with the highest net inbound migration are those with the lowest tax burdens, that encourage entrepreneurial activity, that are fiscally healthy, and that have strong economies. Likewise, those with the highest net outgoing migration are those that impose higher tax burdens and more regulations and offer fewer employment opportunities.


Labor “reform” keeps wages low and reduces competitiveness


In a free market, due to high competitiveness, participants are continually fighting to stay relevant. To do this, they have to be innovative. This causes investment, the creation of new and better jobs and better compensation.


Urges public policy based on the principles of the free market


To rebuild our government institutions and provide services of excellence and quality, we must have markets that encourage and facilitate the creation of wealth and its effective redistribution. If today we told a young Puerto Rican that the Puerto Rico of 30 years ago, was one full of opportunities, where there was upward mobility, in …

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The Institute of Economic Liberty for Puerto Rico is born to accelerate the socio-economic development on the Island.


The new non-government entity is founded under a profound belief that socioeconomic prosperity comes from the creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation of the individuals.  Its efforts as a think tank are centered and motivated by the principles of the free market. SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – – The space of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the Island …

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