The Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, said on Monday that the reinforcement to Bolsa Família, renamed the Brazil Aid for the government Jair Bolsonaro, requires the cooperation of the Powers.
“We need Congress and later we need an interpretation by the Supreme (Federal Court),” he said, while participating in an event at Planalto Palace.
Guedes reinforced that, in order to expand the program, the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) of the precatório opens fiscal space in the Budget and the reform of the Income Tax guarantees the source of resources to reinforce the program. “These are two complementary measures,” he stressed.
During his speech, Guedes reiterated that the growth perspective for the country this year is from 5.3% to 5.4%. Officially, the Ministry of Economy forecasts a 5.3% increase in GDP in 2021.
He also stated that the minister of Labor and Welfare, Onyx Lorenzoni, should announce shortly that, since the “bottom of the well” due to the crisis with the coronavirus, Brazil has already created 3 million jobs.
On the subject, he appealed for the Senate to reconsider measures to generate additional jobs.
“We were going to create another 2 million jobs with (Provisional Measure) 1045 that went there, reaching out to the invisible. And that hand was denied,” he said of the measure.
The MP, which changed labor rules, was approved in the Chamber of Deputies, but rejected in the Senate.
After the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a report on Brazil stating that the country’s economic performance has been better than expected, Guedes said that the country is praised abroad while being stoned at home.
The minister also said that Bolsonaro always plays within the four lines, but is attacked and accused.
“There is a script written to put him in the role of coup plotter and he refuses to play that role. He is a democrat, he is a product of Brazilian democracy, a legitimate product,” he said.
Bolsonaro, who at the demonstrations on September 7th even cursed a member of the STF, threatening not to comply with court decisions, recently gave an interview to Veja magazine stating that the chance of carrying out a coup d’état is “zero”.
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