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Tax reform bill passes first debate; strike will continue

Costa Rica’s controversial fiscal reform proposal took a step toward becoming law Friday evening when the Legislative Assembly approved the bill after a lengthy first debate.
The project, Strengthening of Public Finances, was approved with 35 votes in favor, to 22 votes against.
The Legislative Assembly, the country’s Congress, has 57 seats. A simple majority is 29 votes.
The initiative will now be sent to the Constitutional Chamber and other government institutions for further approval.
Public-sector union leaders indicated

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