QUESTION

Puerto Rico One’s goal is to provide information to Puerto Ricans on the Island and in the diaspora, and among the countless friends of Puerto Rico to continue raising questions that questions the current conditions that our country faces and the plans that are being put forth about the future of Puerto Rico. To question is the first step to transform, therefore, if we are not satisfied with the economic and social conditions of our country, then we must begin a search for responses that leads to change.

We encourage everyone to circulate information from all sources that will shed light on the underlying issues that people in Puerto Rico face on a daily basis so that those with responses can begin to disclose answers to those questions. 

Why has Puerto Rico’s economic model not changed since when it was first implemented in the 1950’s with the purpose of transforming the Island economy from an agrarian into and industrial society?

Why has this been the case while the world around it has changed considerably?

Why has Puerto Rico’s tourism industry not grown as other countries have fought aggressively to attract the tourism dollars?

Why does Puerto Rico import so much of its food when large tracks of land throughout the Island remain untouched?

Why haven’t the many food solutions discovered at the University of Puerto Rico not been implemented throughout the Island?

Before the hurricanes of 2017, why did the people of Puerto Rican endure so many blackouts?

Why had Puerto Rico not developed contingency plans to address the conditions that would eventually befall the Island after the two hurricanes of 2017?

After the tax breaks were eliminated in 2000, why did government after government in Puerto Rico not undertake an aggressive planning process to address the revenue downturn that all the economist knew would occur?

Why did Puerto Rican government after government float bonds and divert the funds from capital expenditures to the operating budget and thereby fail to address the economic imbalance that the government faced annually?

Why did Puerto Rico’s government float bonds to take out the millions in bank loans instead of paying for strengthening the island’s public infrastructure?

Why did Puerto Rico’s leaders not develop an economic infrastructure to replace the industries that were abandoning the Island after the tax incentives expired?

For decades, Puerto Rico received increased government subsidies for health, housing, education, health care and other basic services. Why then is the service delivery system in Puerto Rico so antiquated and of lesser quality than services obtained in the US?

What economic plans does Puerto Rico have to undertake in order to meet the basic needs of its residents and to stimulate economic growth and job creation? What are Puerto Rico’s competitive advantages in the marketplace?

If the University of Puerto Rico engineering school in Mayaguez continuously ranks among the top ten engineering schools in the US, what can be done to strengthen that school so that it begins to respond to the conditions on the Island?

Are there public private partnerships that can be developed to strengthen the university, while creating incubator programs for industry, and creating a technology and research center in Mayaguez?

Why has the airport in Aguadilla not been expanded further and why has the government not invested more heavily in the tourism infrastructure of the western part of the Island, especially eco-tourism, from Arecibo to Guayanilla?

What does Puerto Rico have to do in order to rebuild social institutions that are less dependent on government affiliation?

Where is the transparency in Puerto Rico’s government?