The idea had previously been defended by Senator Márcio Bittar (MDB-AC), rapporteur of the proposal; matter will be voted on in the Senate on Thursday, 25
The senator Marcio Bittar (MDB-AC), rapporteur for the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) known as Emergency PEC, presented, on Monday, 22, the preliminary version of its opinion on the matter. The text ends the floor for spending on Education and Health, according to the full report, obtained by Young pan. If the proposal is approved, the Union, states and municipalities are not required to allocate minimum resources to these areas.
As Prime Time Zone showed, PEC Emergencial is one of the priorities of the president’s government Jair Bolsonaro in Congress, and aims to reduce spending and adjust public accounts. Education and Health floors need to be corrected for the inflation of the previous year. According to the Federal Constitution, states must allocate 12% of revenue to health and 25% to education. Municipalities, in turn, have to spend 15% and 25%, respectively. This idea had already been defended by Senator Márcio Bittar in early January. At the time, the emedebista stated that, if it were up to him, there would be no floor for both sectors.
“If it depends on me, I will advance. I disconnect everything. Take it all [os pisos de educação e saúde]. Give power back to Parliament and the councilors. If it depends on me, there is no more. It’s just that I’m not alone, ”he said at the time, after meeting with the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes. Bittar also stated that the “mantra” that ending the health education floors would be “withdrawing money” from these areas “is not true”. “Nobody is taking money from anywhere. Did you protect the mayors, councilors, Congress, everything, decided? The education budget has increased exponentially and this is nothing. The last PISA is there, ”he added.
The Emergency PEC is due to be voted on by the Senate on Thursday, 25. Since it is an amendment to the Constitution, the matter needs to be approved in two rounds. Then, the text goes to the Chamber of Deputies.