Deputies approve almost ¢273 million for salary increase of ministers |

Legislative Plenary. (File/CRH).

( -With 44 votes in favor, the Legislative Assembly approved this Thursday almost ¢273 million to finance the increase of about 100% of the managers’ salaries of 7 ministries during the second half of this year.

Resources are included in third budget extraordinary of the Republic for 2022 that was voted in the first debate.

The ¢272.8 million -which are the result of modifications to the current budget- will be used to pay for the salary increase of the heads of the ministries of Government and PoliceLabor and Social Security, Culture and Youth, Justice and Peace, Housing and Human Settlements, National Planning and Economic Policy, and Environment Energy.

These resources come from the following cuts and adjustments, according to an analysis by the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) based on data from the Ministry of Finance.

  • Ministry of Culture: ¢73 million corresponding to resources for rentals, maintenance and repair, and management and support services are reduced.
  • Ministry of Worked and Social Security: ¢56 million remunerations are reduced in the Central Activities and Labor Matters programs and the same item is increased in the Central Activities program to finance the salary increase of their hierarchs.
  • Ministry of Justice and Paz: ¢55 million are cut for school wages and the thirteenth month (bonus) of the Attention Program for Persons Attached to the National Penitentiary System. That same amount is increased to increase the salaries of their leaders.
  • Ministry of Ambient and Energy: ¢54 million are reduced to the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac), in remunerations, because the resources will not be used, and to the Central Activities program.
  • Ministry of Planning National and Economic Policy: a transfer is made between items of the Central Activities program for ¢16 million and resources are reduced in services due to electricity savings as a result of teleworking. They are increased by the same amount to finance the salary increase of their leaders.
  • Ministry of living place and Human Settlements: a transfer is made between items and ¢13 million are reduced in Central Activities for school wages and services. Salaries and current transfers to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) are increased in response to the executive decree that made firm the salary increase of ministers and deputy ministers.
  • Ministry of Governorate and Police: a transfer between programs is proposed and legal benefits are reduced in the Immigration and Immigration Control Program. Resources in Central Activities are increased for salaries and current transfers to the CCSS in response to the executive decree that made firm the wage increase of ministers and deputy ministers, for a total of ¢6 million.

The increase in the remuneration of the other ministers and deputy ministers – who were not included in the draft
extraordinary budget – will be financed through budget movements internal to each ministerial portfolio that do not require legislative authorization, but rather it was done by means of an executive decree.

In total, the salary increase will cost Costa Ricans ¢821 million in the second half of 2022, according to data
provided by the Minister of Finance, Nogui Acosta.

The president of the Republic, Rodrigo Chavezordered last June to increase the base salary of the ministers, from ¢1.3 million to ¢2.6 million per month, and that of the deputy ministers, from ¢1.3 million to ¢2.5 million.

The following resources are also included in the third extraordinary budget 2022:

  • ¢902 million to the Foreign Ministry for the operation of offices abroad.
  • ¢118.5 million to finance post-secondary scholarships to 179 new beneficiaries.
  • creation of 18 stalls of special services in the Directorate for the Regulation of Products of Sanitary Interest of the Ministry of Health.
  • Transfers from the Social Development Fund and Family Allowances (Fodesaf) to finance social programs.
  • ¢500 million for technological renewal and purchase of equipment for the National Radio and Television System (Sinart).
  • ¢2,170 million for the Costa Rican Railway Institute (incofer).

The bill will receive a vote in second debate next Tuesday, September 27.

Deputies approve almost ¢273 million for salary increase of ministers |