Currently in the Cabinet of the Governor of Puerto Rico, many issues, both big and small, are being contemplated. After being bombarded by the press, representatives of the cabinet presented several reforms to major regulations and policies in Puerto Rico. These reforms were applied to the topics of education, agriculture, healthcare, occupation opportunities, and nuclear energy.
Firstly, the cabinet is working to decrease the cost of tuition among the country’s most prominent universities; this includes a taxation reform which would reduce the commonwealth sales tax rate from 6% to 4% across the country. They also discussed the administration of public policies that would increase financial requisites of teachers, as they are frequently underpaid, as well as forced to work in unstable positions.
Also discussed was the potential to increase agricultural profits in the country by cultivating a new crop: marijuana. This is federally illegal, however the cabinet deliberated the prospective legalization of such activities, which may bring economic growth to the country as a whole.
Healthcare in Puerto Rico has of late been a tremendous issue as well; with a recent outbreak of the Dengue fever, upwards of fifty-thousand people have been diagnosed and many are still in need of medical attention. The Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease, growing very prevalent considering the vast abundance of mosquitoes in the country. The cabinet is still deliberating proposals of healthcare reform; they’ve yet to reach any finality in their decisions.
Continuing, recently the popularly known taxi service Uber has ceased to conduct business in Puerto Rico, which has resulted in a great number of lost jobs. The cabinet claimed that though it could not reveal any specifics about its dispute with the company, Uber had made excessive impolite and politically incorrect requests of the government which would prove to be unprofitable. However, the cabinet introduced the discussion of private versus public organizations to provide job openings. Private organizations involve the search for more opportunities for those with preexisting positions, and public organizations involve the opening of positions for those currently unemployed. The press will remain updated as to how this deliberation plays out.
Finally, the reliability on nuclear energy was brought to the table; the cabinet was contemplating ways in which the Puerto Rican government may work to decrease dependency on nuclear power, and rather create a new dependency on green energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydraulic power. They presented the idea of utilizing a business plan which included the incorporation of solar energy into the country, one in particular with a 15% loyalty plan. The cabinet wants to open the country to the competitive market of renewable resources and sell to the private market; this may result in a decrease of debt in the country.
After speaking with the delegations of the committee, it is clear that the delegations are committed to the people; their priority is the protection and economic stability of the people, as well as decreasing Puerto Rico’s overall debt to enhance the promise of a better future of the country.