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News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Thursday

We hope you're reading this with a delicious Costa Rican coffee or traditional gallo pinto. Here's the Costa Rica (and regional) news you should know on Thursday, October 29.

Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly votes to regulate strikes in response to country-wide protests

The initiative prohibits strikes in essential public services such as health, safety, school lunchrooms, and water and energy supply. It also puts limits on work stoppages in education.

Costa Rica obtains $500 million from CAF for fiscal support

Alvarado has called the unemployment rate — recently tallied at 11.3% of the economically active population — as the most serious economic problem in Costa Rica.

As he reaches a year in charge, President Alvarado addresses Legislative Assembly

Alvarado also expressed his concern about unemployment, which last year reached 12% of the economically active population, the highest rate in recent years.

Court rejects tax reform and asks legislators to eliminate four points

The Plenary Court has rejected the tax reform project in its current state.

No deal: Government and unions postpone meeting to discuss an agreement

The government and public sector unions, which have been on a strike for three weeks, postponed a meeting to discuss a preliminary agreement to lift the strike, the Catholic Church said this Sunday.

Lawmakers approve Social Security loan, highway fund during extraordinary period

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly passed six bills in August, including funding for several big projects but excluding the major bills supporters hoped would get passed.

President Solís takes credit for healthy economy; Business leaders push back

President Solís highlighted the healthy economy in his State of the Nation speech but offered no hints as to how his administration might change tack to achieve its specific goals, including fiscal reform.

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