Saturday, October 25th8.7°C
23711
23372

Puerto Rico cuts entertainment perks, free tickets for elderly

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A night at the theatre — or an afternoon of baseball — will now take a bigger chunk of cash from the pockets of Puerto Rico's elderly.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Thursday signed a law that eliminates mandatory free passes to people 75 or older during events at public installations. It also raises the age at which people get a 50 per cent discount — to 65 from 60.

Puerto Rico's entertainment industry had been pushing for changes to the 1985 law, arguing that so many elderly citizens were snatching up cut-rate tickets that it was stifling productions and hurting the economy, while forcing ticket prices higher.

"With the approval of this measure, we boost economic activity and create jobs," said Garcia, who is trying to revive a struggling economy.

The law has an unusually broad effect in Puerto Rico because many major theatres and sports venues are publicly owned, including San Juan's main baseball stadium and several prestigious theatres.

Puerto Rico's Association of Producers for Public Events said the amendment will help generate jobs and more performances. Some elderly citizens were disappointed, however.

"This is a crime," said Maria Rodriguez, a 63-year-old retired heavy machinery operator from San Juan. "Where are we going to get the money from if we live off a pittance?"

But Primitiva Martinez, 71, said she wasn't bothered by the change, given the belt-tightening forced by the island's nearly eight-year recession.

"In a way, I accept it because of the situation we're in nowadays," she said. "People have to eat."

The island of 3.6 million people has seen steady growth in the share of people 65 and older, which stands at roughly 15 per cent. That segment of the population increased by 28 per cent from 2000 to 2012, and 2011 was the first time in recorded history that Puerto Rico's population was older than that of the U.S., according to the island's Institute of Statistics.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

23658


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14543.82+56.99
S&P CDNX805.45-3.15
DJIA16805.41127.51
Nasdaq4483.715+30.923
S&P 5001964.58+13.76
CDN Dollar0.8901-0.0003
Gold1231.20+2.10
Oil81.02-0.73
Lumber336.40+6.80
Natural Gas3.631+0.009

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.105-0.005
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.15-0.02
Cantex0.07+0.015
Anavex Life Sciences0.194-0.004
Metalex Ventures0.045+0.005
Russel Metals33.39+0.23
Copper Mountain Mining2.03-0.05
Colorado Resources0.145+0.005
ReliaBrand Inc0.012-0.001
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.05-0.01
Mission Ready Services0.445+0.035

 





FEATURED Property
2117753#204 1055 Glenwood Avenue
2 bedrooms 2 baths
$130,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


What I learned in China

Photo: ContributedI will never be an expert on China. It is just too big, too complex and too old with layers of history and meaning that would take several lifetimes to unravel. As I said to my hosts...


We can get on together

I was in LA this week. I witnessed such crazy and unusual circumstances as I strolled along Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd. A far cry from sleepy Peachland in the Okanagan! The strange thing was, I f...


Weakening global growth worries

The Big Picture Growth worries persist Worries about weakening global growth and its potential impact on the US economic recovery roiled markets around the globe this week. Europe continues to be the ...

_








Member of BC Press Council


22707