Educational Forum on Constitution and Status Set for Friday, May 19, at Sunny Isles Shopping Center Amphitheatre

U.S. Constitution

Does the Virgin Islands need to ratify a constitution before defining its political relationship with the United States of America?

According to Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes there will be a public Educational Forum on Constitution and Status held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 19, at the Sunny Isles Shopping Center Amphitheatre, St. Croix. The public is invited to attend in person.

This educational forum for voters is one of several special events in commemoration of the Elections System 60th Anniversary.

Two teams will sound off on the topic: Is it time for our own constitution or to become an independent country, commonwealth or state? What is best for Virgin Islanders?

The forum can be viewed on YOUTUBE at YOUTUBE/@ELECTIONSYSTEM.

For any question or additional information, contact the Elections System offices at 773-1021 (St. Croix Elections Office) or 774-3107 (St. Thomas Elections Office).

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  1. Currently, the USVI is supported by U.S. taxpayers. If we become a state, not only will we still have to pay federal income taxes, but those will no longer be allocated to the USVI, and we will need comparable taxes at the state level to compensate. And, I don’t think we want to pay state tax rates as high as what the federal income tax rates are, yet we are running a deficit even with the federal tax rates. Hardly a positive move. Now, consider how we are going to fund ANYTHING, if we are a commonwealth or independent country? No more federal aid, no FEMA, no SNAP, no Medicaid. Reality.