El Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) spent $17 million and the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) reached $14 million while the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) budget was almost $10 million. The election-related expenses for Alianza Patriótica was $5.6 million.
The article by Aarón Sequeira in Prensalibre.cr reports, "The political parties, according to the electoral body, must present their documents before June 8th to avoid being penalized with a 5% reduction of the state contribution to the groups, as is established by law. The budget of each party is calculated based on the forecasts of incomes and expenses looking toward the next national election on February 7, 2010. Above all else, the areas of organization, direction and census, publicity, training, ideological development, external signs, non-refundable expenses as well as acquisition of assets are considered."
Entrepreneurs and ALL presidential candidates agree on the need to eliminate privileges and unfair wage abuses in the public sector.
"On this point the five candidates that top the polls agreed during a debate organized by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP)," reported an article in Ameliarueda.com.
Laura Chinchilla, from “Liberación Nacional”, the party in power, was elected as president for the 2010-2014 term.
Chinchilla obtained 46.8% of the casted votes, followed by Ottón Solís with 25.1%. However, Costa Ricans didn’t favored Chinchilla so much in the Legislative Assembly, as her party obtained 23 seats out of a total 57.
The main political parties running in the upcoming presidential and legislative election point to the need for tax reform.
Johnny Araya, candidate for the Partido Liberación Nacional, believes what should be done is to "create a National Tax Agency (NTA), to improve collection, as a decentralized agency of the Treasury, with a special procurement regime.
The virtual tie in the polls of candidates from the left, center and right is causing concern among employers.
With less than three weeks to go before the elections for the Presidency and Members of the Legislative Assembly, a poll has shown there is a tie for the top position, according to voter intentions, out of the three parties with distinct government programs, generating uncertainty about the changes to the business environment which could occur during the next term of government in the country.
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