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Demonstrations will be held this Wednesday morning and will end in front of the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo

DEIVIDI CORREA / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 01/27/2021Refrigerators, butchers and distributors truckers who protested against the increase of ICMS in the state of São Paulo concentrated in front of the Pacaembu Stadium

Associations and groups representing agribusiness, health professionals and car dealers are mobilizing for new demonstrations in the São Paulo capital against the increase in Tax on Circulation of Goods and Services (ICMS) by the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB). This Wednesday, 16, rural producers will promote a “treat”, departing at 7 am from the Companhia de Entrepostos e Armazéns Gerais de São Paulo (Ceagesp), in the west zone, towards the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo (Alesp). Shortly thereafter, at 8 am, representatives of car dealers leave Pacaembu in a “beep”, also headed for the seat of the São Paulo Legislature. The two groups will be received on the spot by ambulances, banners and balloons carried by health workers.

The joint act represents the support of the groups to the text that aims to revoke parts of Law 17,293 / 2020, approved by Alesp last October, and that allows the governor to increase the ICMS rates without the need for parliamentary approval. The new bill was drafted by deputy Ricardo Mellão (Novo), supported by 22 parliamentarians from different parties. The delivery of the text is scheduled for the end of the morning. “Tax matters have to go through this House. This has existed since 1215, in England, when this limitation was placed. Unfortunately, on that fateful day in October last year, this House gave up this prerogative and gave it to the governor, who did not hesitate to publish decrees increasing the tax rates ”, says the parliamentarian.

In a note, the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of São Paulo (Faesp), stated that it will send representatives to the demonstration and that it will continue to support the affiliated unions. “Faesp reinforces its commitment to the agribusiness and to the producers that make up this fundamental sector for the life of Brazilians and highlights that it has focused its actions on dialogue and negotiation with different segments of society, a strategy that has provided important results, such as the recent withdrawal by the Government of São Paulo to increase the ICMS for several links in the production chain. ” The Union of Hospitals, Clinics and Laboratories of the State of São Paulo (SindHosp) said that the “objective of the joint movement is to sensitize the government to retreat from the decree that determined the cut of the ICMS tax exemption for health, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.”

The organizers affirm that the acts will have a reduced number of participants and that measures will be respected to avoid the dissemination of Covid-19. This is not the first time that groups have organized against rising state taxes. In early January, rural producers in 250 municipalities mobilized against the readjustment of the ICMS. On the 11th, businessmen and health insurance workers partially paralyzed Avenida Paulista to call attention to the increase in services due to tax changes, while on the 27th it was the turn of drivers in the slaughter sector to organize. The tax increase was proposed by decree by Doria and approved in October by Alesp. The increase from January 2021 foresaw the adjustment of tax incentives for various sectors of the economy, including food, electricity, textiles, medicines and cars. In the face of pressure, the state government reversed and revoked the increase in a number of categories.

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