A group made up of economists, lawyers and political scientists released a document with contributions to the next government. Entitled “Contributions to a Democratic and Progressive Government”, the text cites the defense of the Democratic State of Law and respect for Electoral Justice, but presents proposals for other areas, mainly related to economic and social agendas. The six organizers claim that this is a non-partisan movement with no ties to the entities in which they work.
The document has 67 pages and the proposals were subdivided into five major guidelines: “Greater inclusion and reduction of social inequalities”, “More efficient economy and greater growth”, “More efficient and democratic State”, “Sustainability”, and “Macroeconomic balance .” The text was written by Bernard Appy, Carlos Ari Sundfeld, Francisco Gaetani, Marcelo Medeiros, Pérsio Arida and Sérgio Fausto.
One of the points defended is the creation of a special public spending program, which would focus on measures with social impact and on projects that contribute to increased productivity and environmental sustainability.
“The value of the special spending program should be limited to 1% of GDP, not included in the constitutional spending ceiling, while it is in force. The idea is that the special spending program is an anticipation of the future reduction of mandatory spending, to be obtained mainly with measures related to State reform. Such a reduction will occur over time. This is a temporary increase in public spending, returning to the previous trajectory when savings in mandatory spending are realized”, explain the organizers.
The text also mentions Auxílio Brasil and suggests the creation of programs to replace it. According to the authors, the ideas deal with the reformulation and expansion of the protection model for low-income families. They suggest the creation of the Minimum Income Benefit program, a benefit called Poupança Seguro Família and also the creation of programs focused on early childhood.
“The cost of reformulating programs aimed at low-income families would be covered, on the one hand, by the extinction of Auxílio Brasil (which would be replaced by a more efficient program), and, on the other hand, by the portion of the resources of the special spending program. allocated to social policy”, say the authors.
“Contributions to a Democratic and Progressive Government” was published on the website of the Brazilian Society of Public Law (SBPD), where it is possible to access the full document.