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December 13, 2020

Happy Monday from The Tico Times! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here’s the news you should know as a new day starts in Costa Rica.

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The Finance Ministry has offered more details on the fiscal adjustments Costa Rica will present to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). They include cutting public spending by 1.5% of GDP; new income through taxes, representing 0.8% of GDP; eliminating tax exemptions, for 0.5% of GDP; and 0.2% of GDP via “contributions from state enterprises.” More via La Nación.

In just over three months since Costa Rica passed a law punishing street sexual harassment, authorities have arrested 36 people, the equivalent of one person every three days. Four people have been sentenced. Read more.

The Legislative Assembly will go on vacation starting December 21. They will return to session on Monday, January 8.

Finance Minister Elian Villegas says Costa Rica would reduce government expenditures by 1.5% of (GDP) as part of efforts to negotiate a loan of $1.75 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Officials have not yet proposed laws to achieve this reduction. More via La Nación.

One effect of the pandemic? Cycling has gotten more popular in Costa Rica, La Nación reports. Bicycle imports to Costa Rica have increased by 11% in 2020 compared to 2019.

Monday weather forecast, per the National Meteorological Institute: Mostly stable atmospheric conditions and low rainfall are expected this Monday, a situation favored by a reduction in the humidity contained in the environment. In addition, atmospheric pressure remains at high values over the Caribbean Sea, which generates accelerated trade winds over the country, with greater perception in the Central Valley, the North Pacific and the mountainous sectors.

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