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With or without strike, Costa Rica will present new taxes

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Despite the Costa Rican public-sector workers having gone on strike indefinitely, the government of Carlos Alvarado and the nation's legislators are fighting on to pass new taxes.

At least at first, most people in politics shrugged off the strike and backed a fiscal reform to remedy the deficit. Meanwhile, the legislators on the special commission prepared the bill for its first full debate in the plenary.

"This strike has nothing to do with the fiscal reform," said Enrique Sánchez, a ruling party legislator. "These people are striking to defend their unjustly privileged positions in the public sector."