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NEW YORK/SALINAS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - The hurricane that leveled Puerto Rico last month has given fresh impetus to a decades-old argument on the island: that the U.S. territory would fare better financially as a U.S. state. For Fermin Seda, 68, a retiree in the southern city of Salinas, there is no doubt. “I want statehood,” Seda said. “I think it would be better than what we are now.” Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. commonwealth means its 3.5 million American citizens do not pay federal taxes, vote in presidential elections or receive proportionate federal funding on programs like the Medicaid health insurance system for the poor.

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