Saturday Night was the deadline for Puerto Ricans claiming to still be homeless from Hurricane Maria 9 months ago to check out of their FEMA paid hotel rooms and to take a free plane ticket home.
Meet Richard Gonzalez, age 53. He has a job working at a Casino in Hollywood, Florida. His wife, adult son and daughter still live in Puerto Rico. His mother and brother live in Orlando from before the hurricane. He has nowhere to go. He has a car, apparently.
He has been living in an Extended Stay Hotel in Fort Lauderdale paid for by FEMA, about 10 miles from his job. He is being offered a free plane ticket home, but says there are no jobs in Puerto Rico. I guess we can assume he is Not skilled in helping restore electric power, carpentry or clearing storm debris.
There is a bipartisan effort in the last week to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state, now that lower corporate taxes took away Puerto Rico’s advantage as a tax haven. Republican Governor Rick Scott of F!orida is significantly more popular among Puerto Rican voters than his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson. Democrats Have 24 incumbents up for reelection, Republicans only nine. No wonder Democrats are concerned.