Treasury Pretends Not to Know What a ‘Bailout’ Is

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Following the reintroduction of the Puerto Rico debt legislation this week, it appears that the battle over how to restructure the insolvent island may soon be headed for a Congressional vote. The basic problems with previous approaches[…..]

What We Do in Puerto Rico Sets a Precedent, Like it or Not

This article originally appeared in the Hill. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Republicans have approached the looming fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico with the goal of returning the island to solvency without costing taxpayers any money. Unfortunately, the plans being discussed by the House of Representatives of late will not[…..]

Puerto Rico Contagion Will Cost Taxpayers

This article originally appeared in Real Clear Markets. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Republicans have approached the looming fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico with the goal of returning the island to solvency without costing taxpayers any money. Unfortunately, the plans being discussed by the House of Representatives of late will[…..]

Iowa Should Learn from Puerto Rico’s Crises

This article originally appeared in the Quad City Times. Click here to read the full article. By Jeff Patch and Ike Brannon Why Iowans should care about a Puerto Rico bailout. What’s the matter with Puerto Rico, and why should Iowans care?… It’s become increasingly clear that Congress will soon need to provide some sort[…..]

Why the Good People of Illinois Should Care About a Puerto Rico Bailout

This article originally appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Michelle Hanlon It’s become increasingly clear that Congress will need to provide some sort of assistance to the bereft government of Puerto Rico. The island has been in recession for a decade and holds $72 billion[…..]

The Proposed Puerto Rico Bailout is Good on Rhetoric but Bad in Reality

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Everyone is in agreement that the federal government needs to address Puerto Rico’s insolvency sooner rather than later. What that would entail is where the consensus breaks down. The big battle to date has been whether the[…..]