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Essay: Rethinking Government, a new Commonwealth-Muni partnership

Given the challenges of the central government and the fiscal sustainability of many municipal governments, this might be the best chance Puerto Rico has to truly transform the entire government structure. Overview The proliferation of departments, public corporations, and agencies in Puerto Rico has severely hindered the Commonwealth’s ability to function. Meanwhile, municipal governments in … Essay: Rethinking Government, a new Commonwealth-Muni partnership Read More »

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Essay: Small Businesses and COVID-19

Overview While being major players of the economy, many small businesses are unable to weather a crisis like the one caused by COVID-19. Very small businesses, particularly those operating on small profit margins, are especially vulnerable, since they may not have the cash reserves and typically have fewer ways to access financing. → Given the … Essay: Small Businesses and COVID-19 Read More »

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Essay: Public Health and COVID-19

As Puerto Rico moves towards re-opening the economy, the Government should do whatever it can to avoid or reduce the causes and effects of a second wave of infections by developing smart prevention capabilities. This means being able to keep enough numbers of infected people tightly in isolation to prevent or minimize new outbreaks that … Essay: Public Health and COVID-19 Read More »

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Essay: On Education and COVID-19

  The COVID-19 emergency is unprecedented, and the potential impact is still uncertain. Given this uncertainty, the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) must carefully evaluate medium- and long-term implications for teaching and student achievement. Based on current epidemiology models, there are three possible scenarios: an optimistic, a somewhat optimistic and a pessimistic one. The … Essay: On Education and COVID-19 Read More »

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