Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Naguabo

Puerto Rico pays billions of dollars in federal taxes—now it needs some payback

$3.5 billion

Puerto Rico has paid more than $20 billion in federal taxes to the US between 2010 and 2015. The territory paid $3.5 billion in 2015, the last year for which data is available.

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Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Naguabo
$3.5 billion

Puerto Rico pays billions of dollars in federal taxes

Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Naguabo
$3.5 billion

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, causing at least $900 million in insured damages.

Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Naguabo
$3.5 billion

The hurricane damaged the territory’s electricity grid, phone lines, and roads. More than a month later, Puerto Ricans have limited access to food, drinking water, and gas.

Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Naguabo
$3.5 billion

Hurricane Maria damage in Puerto Rico in relation to GDP

Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Naguabo
$3.5 billion

US president Donald Trump has complained about the cost and of the humanitarian response. This week Congress approved a $36.5 billion emergency bill to pay for recent natural disasters, which now awaits Trump’s signature.

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