Issue #32: The Trump White House refuses to send more disaster aid, the Guajataca Dam is still short of water and more...
A new study confirms that Puerto Rico received inadequate support from the federal government after Hurricane Maria. The researchers write: "The federal government responded on a larger scale and much more quickly across measures of federal money and staffing to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, compared with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The variation in the responses was not commensurate with storm severity and need." (Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times)
As the president declines to provide more disaster aid for Puerto Rico, $600 million in food aid and $700 million for clean water grants and community development funds remain in jeopardy. (David Rogers / Politico)
Both Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro have recently visited Puerto Rico – and at least three other Democrats have plans to visit too. (Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast)
Hundreds of thousands of people living in Puerto Rico, who cannot afford to upgrade their homes to meet flood protection standards, will not be entitled to government funds to rebuild their homes in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (Michael Kimmelman / New York Times)
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said reforming the island’s prison system is one measure he believes is needed to combat rising crime in violence in Puerto Rico. (Danica Coto / Associated Press)
Farmers who rely on the Guajataca Dam have had to endure weeks without any water and few answers from government agencies. (Caribbean Business)
The judge, Susan Braden, said she was inclined to find the U.S. government responsible for impairments to Puerto Rico bonds. (Robert Lavin / The Bond Buyer)