The Front of All will advance tomorrow in the Chamber of Deputies with the withdrawal of funds from the City of Buenos Aires

Alberto Fernández with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

The Chamber of Deputies will deal with this Friday in the commission of Constitutional Affairs, Budget and Finance, chaired by deputy Carlos Heller, the project that once again cuts the percentage of co-participation of the City of Buenos Aires for the expense it makes for the transfer of the Federal Police.

The bill, which has already been approved in the Senate, establishes a fixed amount of $ 24.5 billion for the Buenos Aires government to use in security matters. This Friday, at 3 pm, it will be discussed in the lower house.

Together for Change understood from the beginning that the project was a political attack against the opposition. During the session in the Senate was Martin Lousteau the one in charge of marking the official position. “You think you are punishing the Head of Government or a politically elusive district, but you are punishing millions of Argentines,” he said at the venue. Something similar said the Cordovan Laura Rodriguez Machado (PRO) who qualified the initiative as “An outrage of Kirchnerism.”

The withdrawal of co-participation will be dealt with in the Finance commission of the Chamber of Deputies (Adrián Escandar)

The withdrawal of co-participation will be dealt with in the Finance commission of the Chamber of Deputies (Adrián Escandar)

The session was called unexpectedly since there was a political agreement in Congress that the issue will not be discussed in ordinary sessions.. The decisions changed and the ruling party hastened the treatment for this Friday.

According to estimates in Together for Change the final projection of cuts from the Nation to the City defined by Alberto Fernández could reach the $ 40,000 million. In the appeals that the Buenos Aires government presented to the Justice to stop the removal, it was indicated that the expected amount of the federal tax co-participation destined to the Security expenditure does not cover all of their needs.

Tomorrow the national legislators of the city of Buenos Aires and those who are in the commission will have a meeting with Martín Mura, Buenos Aires Minister of Finance and Finance, to review the details of the amparo that was presented and propose a joint strategy to defend the point of participation that the national government wants to take away from the Federal Capital. They will close ranks behind Rodríguez Larreta.

Martín Lousteau was one of the legislators who questioned the removal of coparticipation in the Senate

Martín Lousteau was one of the legislators who questioned the removal of coparticipation in the Senate

Mauricio Macri established the Buenos Aires partnership in 3.75 percent, then he reduced it to 3,50 by political claim of the Peronist governors. In the 3,50 of co-participation, were included 0,92 destined to finance the expenses of the Federal Police that moved to the City of Buenos Aires.

Alberto Fernández considered that those 3.50 of Buenos Aires co-participation were excessive and through a simple decree executed a unilateral reduction that left that percentage at 2.32. Rodríguez Larreta found out about the pruning a few minutes before the official announcement, and described that decision as a “betrayal.”

On September 9, the President reported the removal of 30 billion per year, from co-participation funds that since 2018 have been part of the Buenos Aires budget, to deliver them to the province of Buenos Aires and thus face the salary claim of the Buenos Aires Police, which kept the government of Axel Kicillof in suspense and unleashed a crisis in the Buenos Aires territory.

However, when the Official Gazette was published the next day it was learned that the cut could be even greater. Article 2 provided that once Congress approves the transfer of security powers and functions to the Federal Capital, the coefficient will return to the level that was in force until December 2015, when Mauricio Macri modified the funds distribution scheme.

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta the day he announced that he would appeal to the Court to stop the withdrawal of coparticipation (GCBA Press)

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta the day he announced that he would appeal to the Court to stop the withdrawal of coparticipation (GCBA Press)

The Agreement for the Progressive Transfer of Powers and Security Functions in all non-federal matters exercised in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires It joins the presidential decree that reduced the items assigned by Mauricio Macri by one point, also by means of a decree.

The text establishes the transfers at $ 24,500 million annually, which will be updated every three months. The update will be made from an index composed of 80% by the nominal index of the average salary of the Federal Police and 20% by the consumer price index (CPI) prepared by the General Directorate of Statistics and Censuses of the Buenos aires city.

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