Bolsonaro and Elon Musk, discussion about ICMS ceiling and more than May 20

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The meeting between President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in a farm hotel in the interior of São Paulo, and the estimate of the states that up to R$ 100 billion in taxation would be lost if the bill was approved. bill that imposes a maximum rate of 17% of ICMS for fuels, electricity, telecommunications and transport, are among the highlights of this Friday (20).

Bolsonaro has a meeting with Musk at a hotel this Friday (20), in SP

President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) will be at the Fasano Boa Vista hotel, in Porto Feliz, in the interior of São Paulo, this Friday (20), for a meeting with businessman Elon Musk.

During a broadcast on social media this Thursday (19), Bolsonaro announced that “at 8 am I leave for São Paulo, where we have a meeting tomorrow with a person recognized around the world, who comes to help our Amazon.”

“I will have a good team of ministers with me”, continued the Chief Executive.

“They break the law, we don’t,” Lira tells CNN about ICMS ceiling criticism

The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), said this Thursday (19), that he will put to a vote next Tuesday (24) the law that classifies fuels, electricity, telecommunications and transport as essential goods and services, with a maximum ICMS rate of 17%.

“They break laws, we don’t. PLP 11 that says so. Let’s get to the debate,” she told the CNN Arthur Lira. PLP 11, or complementary bill 11, was approved by the National Congress and, in practice, provides for the reduction of the ICMS rate by the states. According to the government, however, the PLP was not fulfilled, which led to a questioning by the Attorney General’s Office (AGU) in the Federal Supreme Court (STF).

Décio Padilha said that “it is necessary to verify if this text is unconstitutional, since the ICMS selectivity is mandatory, which means that essential items must have lower and superfluous taxation, higher rates”. “As the bill admits the items as essential and provides that the state will be able to set lower rates, it seems, at first glance, that it violates the principle provided for in the Federal Constitution of 1988 of the essentiality of products, as it is not a faculty but an obligation of the State”, he added.

The president of Comsefaz, who is also Secretary of Finance of Pernambuco, also said that the impact of the PL could reach R$ 100 billion. He recalled, however, that “all this is recent. The project appeared today and Comsefaz needs to study in depth the legality of this project before the constitution and the respective impacts on the states”.

Brazil considers signing US-suggested document on democracy and elections, government sources say

The Brazilian government believes that it is a signatory to a document suggested by the United States that defends democracy and free elections. The idea is that it will be presented as a kind of joint declaration by all the countries that are part of the Summit of the Americas, which will be held on June 9 and 10 in Los Angeles, government sources reported.

The tendency, according to Brazilian authorities, is for Brazil to agree with all the terms of the document, the terms of which are still under negotiation and are kept secret by the diplomacy of both countries. But those who had access to the draft say that its central idea is basically to defend democracy.

In addition to this topic, there are other documents that the US submitted to other American countries to be analyzed at the meeting, related, for example, to health, clean energy, the environment, regulatory practices and immigration. As with the topic of Democracy and Elections, the tendency is for Brazil to agree with all the suggestions made by the North Americans.

Russian bombing kills at least 12 in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian military officials said 12 people were killed in the Luhansk region and 60 properties were destroyed by Russian bombing on Thursday.

However, according to the Ukrainians, Russian forces do not appear to have made any progress on the main front lines in Luhansk and Donetsk in the last 24 hours.

The 12 people were killed in the city of Severodonetsk, according to the head of the military administration in Luhansk, Serhii Hayday. Many homes were destroyed throughout the area, Hayday said.

Temperatures are expected to remain low this weekend

After cities like São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Goiânia registered record cold this week, the forecast by the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) is that temperatures will remain low on Friday morning (20) in much of Brazil.

There is even forecast of frost formation in areas of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goiás and the Federal District.

Only from Saturday (21) there is a trend of increasing temperatures. The cold loses intensity, but the dawn will still be with low temperatures in much of the country. In São Paulo, on Sunday (22) the minimum will be 10ºC and the maximum, 22ºC.

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* Posted by Léo Lopes

Source: CNN Brasil

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