With the approval of the Economy, the government must recreate aid of R$ 200 to boost Auxílio Brasil

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Four months before the presidential elections, the government of President Jair Bolsonaro decided to recreate the emergency aid, in the amount of R$ 200, to boost the Auxílio Brasil program.

The measure, which is endorsed by the Ministry of Economy, aims to serve all 18.1 million families who already receive the R$ 400 of the social benefit.

In practice, the beneficiary would receive R$ 600. On another front, the Palácio do Planalto will also place a R$ 1,000 voucher for self-employed truck drivers on the street – which is being called “PIX Caminhoneiro”, in addition to increasing the gas voucher , as anticipated by the policy analyst at CNN Renata Agostini.

In the case of aid for the payment of cooking gas, the government’s idea is that the benefit, intended for about 5.5 million families and paid every two months, be deposited monthly.

Today, the value is R$ 53, the value of the benefit corresponds to 50% of the average price of the 13 kg cylinder.

The three measures will expire on December 31 this year. The total cost is estimated at around R$ 30 billion, according to the government leader in the Senate this Thursday (23), Carlos Portinho (PL-RJ).

The creation of these benefits will be discussed through a proposed amendment to the Constitution (PEC) that is already under discussion in Congress.

The PEC will institute a state of emergency to ensure that spending is not questioned due to the electoral law — which prevents the creation and expansion of social programs in an election year.

According to members of the government who are in charge of the articulation, the idea is to change the wording of the PEC, which was initially designed to partially compensate the states for zeroing the ICMS on diesel oil.

This PEC provides for an out-of-ceiling expenditure of R$ 29.6 billion to compensate the states. Now, the funds will be used to boost Auxílio Brasil, which will cost around R$ 21 billion by the end of the year; the voucher for truck drivers, with a cost of R$ 5 billion; and aid for gas, R$ 2 billion.

According to CNN found, the decision to desist from compensating the States was taken after a series of meetings in which President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) was alerted that governors may choose not to set the ICMS on diesel oil to zero.

Furthermore, the assessment is that it would be much more electorally efficient to inject money into the poorest strata of the population.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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