2011 budget wins approval with 16-17 percent increase

Lawmakers have given second and final approval to a 5.5 trillion-colon budget for 2011.

The budget is between 16 and 17 percent higher than this year’s.

A legislative summary said that 55.4 percent of the budget would be paid by current income and that 44.6 percent would be covered by internal debt.

The budget calls for 800 new police officers and 200 administrative positions. There also is an allocation for a new women’s prison. The current Buen Pastor in Desamparados is being undermined by an adjacent river.

Some 362 positions also will be created in the Poder Judicial, the courts system.

There also is significant spending for social programs,

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