Lawmakers reach tentative deal on budget talks
After two days of intense negotiation, lawmakers from the National Liberation Party on Wednesday reached an agreement with members of the opposition block in Congress on a national budget for 2012.
The deal would shave up to ₡30 billion ($60 million) off of the original budget proposed by President Laura Chinchilla and her Cabinet. According to Legislative Assembly President Juan Carlos Mendoza, opposition lawmakers did not budge on Liberation requests to negotiate a bigger budget.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, Mendoza met with various officials including Supreme Court President Luis Paulino Mora, Supreme Elections Tribunal President Luis Antonio Sobrado and Presidency Minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides. Mora and Sobrado agreed to a reduced budget for their respective tribunals of ₡1.1 billion ($2 million) and ₡750 million ($1.5 million), respectively. The Legislative Assembly’s budget also will be cut by ₡1.1 billion. Benavides would not say how much the executive branch’s budget would be shaved.
For three days this week, Liberation lawmakers opposed to more budget cuts boycotted the assembly, essentially paralyzing the legislative process at the start of Monday’s session.
The deadline for budget modifications is 3 p.m. on Thursday. Lawmakers could vote to extend talks over the weekend. If they fail to reach an agreement by midnight on Sunday, the 2011 budget will be approved for 2012.
You may be interested
Keylor Navas excellent, but leaves with injury as PSG advances in Champions LeagueThe Tico Times - August 12, 2020
Keylor Navas made several key saves in the first half as PSG rallied late to beat Atalanta, 2-1, in Wednesday's…
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, August 12Alejandro Zúñiga - August 12, 2020
Costa Rica announced eight new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day for a total of 263, according to official data…
Chambers launch campaigns to encourage Costa Rican tourismAlejandro Zúñiga - August 12, 2020
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has launched the second phase of "Vamos a Turistear," its campaign dedicated to domestic…