count2infinity wrote:out of curiosity, what are the benifits/drawbacks to being a territory vs. a state?
Actual Congressional representation would be one advantage. Right now, territories get delegates to the House of Representatives who can serve on House committees and the like, but they don’t actually get to vote when it comes to full floor votes. I don't think there are any delegates to the Senate, so they have no sway at all there. Neither do people in Puerto Rico get to vote in Presidential elections. Statehood would give Puerto Ricans the same say in the federal governance at least equal to the smallest states.