Javier Balmaceda

Senior Policy Analyst on Puerto Rico, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Javier Balmaceda is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center’s Federal Fiscal Policy team. His main area of focus is Puerto Rico, with a particular eye on federal initiatives to resolve the commonwealth’s fiscal and economic challenges. Prior to joining the Center, Balmaceda worked as a reporter for a wide array of publications including Debtwire and Forbes, specializing in finance, economics, and fiscal policy. He also devoted two years of pro bono work to Amnesty International in Puerto Rico, where he co-authored a number of studies on low-income communities, poverty, evictions, and socioeconomic development. He holds a double master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and the University of Chile, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College.

Authored Content

  • Sep 24 2021
    Blog Post American Rescue Plan Act Provides Critical, Permanent Tax Relief to Puerto Rico The newly enacted American Rescue Plan Act extended to Puerto Rico substantial amounts[1] of funding, to aid both the territory’s short-term recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and its long-term recovery from a decade-long recession and recent natural disasters. For instance, the Rescue Plan features more than $4 billion in fiscal relief funding for Puerto Rico […] Javier Balmaceda