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Albino Vargas: ‘There are people calling for a coup d’état and an armed struggle’

During an appearance before the Comisión sobre Huelgas del Congreso (Legislative Commission on Strikes), the secretary-general of the of the strongest public workers unions the ANEP, Albino Vargas, affirmed that the reason the recent national strike last 89 days is the same that motivates...

Reforma Fiscal (Tax Reform) Now Law!

It didn't take days to publish the Reforma Fiscal (Tax Reform) passed in second and final debate late Monday afternoon and signed by President Carlos Alvarado less than a couple of hours later, in the official government newsletter, La Gaceta. Typically, it can take up...

Kudos To President Carlos And Other Ramblings

Rico's TICO BULL - Kudos to President Carlos Alvarado. I was one of the many, or few, that never believed he could do what two presidents before him could. Not even Oscar Arias. Get passed in the legislative assembly the tax reform bill. It was...

Legislators Approve Plan Fiscal, President Signs Into Law

Legislators on Monday afternoon approved in second and final debate the Plan Fiscal - Ley de Fortalecimiento de las Finanzas Públicas - with the aim of alleviating the country's fiscal deficit. The Tax Reform bill was approved with the votes of 34 votes in favor...

OIJ Investigating Molotov Cocktail Bombing Of Ministry of Finance Building

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) are investigating the explosion of two Molotov cocktails against the Ministry of Finance building in downtown San Jose on Thursday and confirmed a note appeared on the site, alluding tot he approval of the plan fiscal or tax...

What could be expected with the exchange rate in the coming weeks?

The dollar has dropped, hovering the ¢600 mark after a high only a few weeks ago of ¢630. What could be expected from the exchange rate in the coming weeks? The position of the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional ) with respect to the bill -...

Constitutional Court Gives The Green Light To The Tax Reform Bill

The Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional, also known as "Sala IV"), on Friday endorsed the process of the tax reform (plan fiscal) promoted by the government of Carlos Alvarado, in its task to put in order the country's finances and avoid an economic crisis. The tax...

76% of businesses report losses due to the strike

As a result of the national strike - today in it's 50th day and which continues to be active,  76% of retailers report economic losses, as detailed in a stud by the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica (CCCR). The strike by the public sector...

7 out of 10 MEP employees still on strike

Nearly seven out of ten employees of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) - the majority teachers - have yet to return to work Among the MEP employees on strike since September 10 are teachers, janitors, cooks, and administrative staff, among others, The MEP reports the...

Letter to the Editor: Collect the taxes that are due!

What I am going to suggest as an answer to the fiscal crisis in Costa Rica is simple. Collect the taxes that are due and payable through enforcement. In the U.S., we had the IRS with frightening power. When I lived in Russia we had what...

Strikers Protest The Supreme Court in Fight Against the Plan Fiscal

A group of striking public sector workers concentrated in the outskirts of the Corte Suprema de Justicia (Supreme Court of Justice), in downtown San Jose, Monday, to appeal to the magistrates their discontent with the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) approved last Friday by the...

MAG and Cen-Cinai Workers Agree To Return To Work

Union representatives of the workers of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) and the Dirección de CEN-CINAI del Ministerio de Salud, agreed to lift the strike movement in these public institutions, reported the Minister of Labor Thursday afternoon. Steven Nuñez said the agreement was...

Tax Reform bill will be voted on in first debate on October 15

Legislators are expected to vote, in first debate, the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) on October 15, after Carolina Hidalgo, president of the Legislative Assembly, decided last Friday to put the accelerator to the discussion. Legislators this past Monday began work on the 368 motions and...

Pessimism reigns among businessmen

Pessimism reigns among entrepreneurs, in terms of how the Costa Rica economy could close the year. It is expected that the government will reach an agreement to have the 38 votes that would legitimize the tax reform bill, which would give businessmen clarity, otherwise, there...

“Marcha de los Gatos” In San Jose On Tap For Today, Day 17 Of The National Strike

With banners illustrated with cats, public labor unions are calling for another national "grand march" for today, Wednesday, September 26, in downtown San Jose.   The "Marcha de los Gatos" (also called "Marcha de los 4 Gatos") - "March of the Cats" - has ironic overtones...

CNP Workers On Strike Illegally. Strike continues into day 15.

The Labor Court of the First Judicial Circuit of San José ruled that the strike carried out by the workers of the Consejo Nacional de Producción (CNP) -  National Production Council -  is illegal, because the strike is a mechanism to resolve conflicts of a...

Strike Will Take On Avenida Segunda Today

Today, Saturday, the strike movement will take on the center of San José. According to the National Association of Public Employees (ANEP), the call is to meet at La Merced Park at 9:00 am and march peacefully towards the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales,...

National strike enters its 13th day and talks continue

At 7:30 pm Friday, the Deputy Minister of Labor, Juan Alfaro, announced that in the next few hours there could be an agreement revived some hope that next week will begin without a strike. Almost two hours later, at 9:15 pm, the president of the...

Legislator: Costa Rica can go “to shit” because of gossip about the ‘plan fiscal’

On Tuesday afternoon, in a heated intervention in the Legislative Assembly, the legislator for the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) - National Liberation Party - Ana Karine Niño Gutierrez, said that the country can “ir a la mierda” (go to shit) if the misinformation campaign...

Protesters beat, threatened and insulted members of the press during protests

Blows, threats, insults, and obstacles are part of the aggression suffered by news teams during the marches against the tax reform that began on Monday. Attacks were reported by staff of La Nación, CRhoy and television news Repretel and Telenoticias,  while covering street demonstrations against...

Unions Say General Strike Making an Impact As National Strike Heads Into Day 3

Costa Rica's labor unions said its second day of the national strike is having an effect against a proposed Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform). On Tuesday, the head of the ANEP, one of the largest public sector unions, Albino Vargas said they were satisfied with the...

President Carlos Calls National Strike Unjustified, Unfair and Illegal

On national television, Sunday night, President Carlos Alvarado, asserted that the illegality of the national strike for today, Monday, September 10, "will be presented before the courts". At the same time, he assured that together with his government team he has taken the measures so...

National Strike On Monday!

Monday, September 10, will not be like any other Monday in Costa Rica, especially in the Central Valley, where the single largest group of people will be protesting in the National Strike called by a grouping of public and private sector unions.   Barring any last...

Carlos Alvarado, The Lion Tamer!

The government of Carlos Alvarado will be calling this Friday on the sindicatos (unions) to call off the indefinite "paro nacional" (national strike) set to start on Monday, September 10 over the "plan fiscal" (tax reform).

Legislators present 900 motions to the tax reform

Legislators presented on Tuesday 907 motions to modify the tax reform, on the last day on which the last period was opened to propose changes to the Bill for the Strengthening of Public Finances. The parties that presented the most motions were the Restauración Nacional...

Another Try! Government Sends Legislators New Draft Tax Reform

In an effort to keep alive the reforms to the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reforms), the government of Carlos Alvarado delivered to the legislative caucuses a new substitute text, which includes changes in the articles on the Value Added Tax (VAT), income tax and unemployment...

The “Trojan Horse” Of The Plan Fiscal!

Legislators are waiting the government's new draft of the Plan Fiscal (Tax Teform), plan that is more like the 'timex watch' (takes a licking and keeps on ticking), turned 'energizer bunny' (beating the bass drum), that may end up the 'trojan horse'.

Tax Plan (Plan Fiscal) Would Prohibit Buying Drugs With Cash

If the government's tax reform (plan fiscal) proposal becomes a reality and comes into force, 1.2 million people in the country would not be able to buy even an aspirin at their local pharmacy. The current text of the initiative, and on which there is...

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