Pacheco sees top-ups more urgent than income tax reform

Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG) said on Monday (29) that the new Refis, a program for refinancing corporate tax debts, must be urgently approved. According to the congressman, it will be considered by the Chamber of Deputies this week and is expected to be approved this year.

“We have a sense of urgency about this Refis project. I intend to approve it, if the Chamber approves it, this year to send it to the President of the Republic. There is natural resistance from the government, from the Ministry of the Economy itself, but we will try, through dialogue, to show the importance for society, “he said, stressing that Refis means” the life or death of a series of CNPJs in Brazil “.

For him, this proposal is even more important than the reform of the income tax, which should be until 2022. “The Congress wants to better understand the reform of the income tax”, added Pacheco .

The senator’s statement was made during an event with businessmen from Paraná, in Curitiba, organized by seven business entities – Faciap, Fecomércio, ACP, Fetranspar, Fecoopar, Fiep and Faep.

Government itself “slowed down” administrative reform, according to Pacheco

Commenting on the progress of structural reforms in Congress, the President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), declared on Monday (29) that the federal government itself “slowed down” the administrative reform which is underway. examination in the Chamber of Deputies, that is to say “he slowed down”. According to him, the proposal to change the rules for hiring and analyzing the performance of civil servants has stalled because it generates antipathy among civil servants in the pre-election year. Pacheco also said he was in favor of administrative reform so that the state is of an adequate size, but gave no perspective on when it will be analyzed by Congress.

Pacheco also said that “the resistance that comes from certain sectors”, with regard to the Constitutional Amendment Project (PEC), should not exist, as it would only affect officials who will still be hired.

“It is a remodeling for the future, it does not affect the acquired rights of current officials, it is the best possible model,” he commented. “Despite this difficulty, the President of the Senate has all the sympathy for the reform so that there can be an evolution which safeguards an acquired right and which thinks of a project of the size of the State and of an administrative structure of the smarter state. And that it can attract talent that is truly dedicated to public service ”.

PEC of court orders goes to vote in Senate

The President of the Senate also informed that the PEC of the precatório, if approved by the Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) on Tuesday (30), will go to the vote in the plenary session of the Senate on Thursday (2) , after the hearings of President Jair Bolsonaro’s candidate for the Federal Supreme Court (STF), André Mendonça, and Morgana Richa for the High Labor Court (TST), among others appointed to regulatory bodies and embassies.

Pacheco defended the PEC, stating that this is the solution found for the Union to make the payment of court orders – which are irrevocable legal debts of the Union – and still have fiscal leeway to pay the tax. help from Brazil. Regarding criticism of the reorganization of the inflation calculation, the senator said that “the solution found was the possible solution”.

“How to pay court orders within the limits of the budget expenditure ceiling and still have room for the Bolsa Família?” I want a convincing answer on this, which I haven’t had so far.

Tax reform is the most desired, but the most complex, according to Pacheco

Still on the structuring legislative proposals, Pacheco declared that the tax reform is the most desired by the population and by the productive sector due to the high tax burden in the country, but at the same time the most complex.

“The need for tax reform has already been understood by society and Congress. But it is undoubtedly the most complex, it is not an absolute, Cartesian, logical and clear equation, ”he explained. “The state does not want to stop collecting, we do not want to pay more taxes, among the productive sector there are also divergent interpretations on what is the best reform, so the whole proposal that is presented is rejected and difficult “. Pacheco also nudged the federal government, saying it was not spearheading far-reaching reform in Brazil.

The best proposal, he said, would be PEC 110/2019, drafted by Senator Davi Alcolumbre (DEM). It would unify federal taxes, unify sub-national taxes (ICMS and ISS) with the aim, according to the President of the Senate, of simplifying the collection of taxes in the Federal District, the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM) and the Ministry of Economy itself.

“Now it’s a matter of timing. It must be approved by the CCJ of the Federal Senate. I really want the president of the CCJ [Alcolumbre] can understand its importance for Brazil, ”he concluded.

Pacheco defends Congress solution for rapporteur’s amendments

After the event, in an interview with the press, the President of the Senate again defended the solution given by Congress to resolve the order of the Federal Supreme Court on the origins of the rapporteur’s amendments: a draft resolution of the CCongresso which increases transparency in the presentation, approval and execution of amendments by the general rapporteur for the budget – those classified RP9, which have a weight of BRL 16.9 billion in the 2021 budget, of which BRL 9.3 billion have already been engaged.

Introduced last week, the proposal is being considered by Congress on Monday. If approved, from 2022 the rapporteur’s amendments will have to present information about the member of Congress who indicated public spending, as well as the requests that motivated those amendments, which did not take place within the budgets for this year and last year, when the section Le RP9 was instituted.

Pacheco said that under the current rule it would not be possible to indicate who indicated the rapporteur’s amendments. “What exists in the standard today is that the rapporteur concentrates all the information and the indication of all the resources of his function as rapporteur. What the Supreme Court decided is that the rapporteur’s amendments should not only include the appointment of the rapporteur, that he should also decline the source of that appointment, whether it is a member of Congress. , a mayor, a municipal councilor, foundations ”. And in the current congressional standard, according to Pacheco, there are no official documents on the origins of the rapporteur’s amendments in 2020 and 2021.

However, he stressed that “every penny of these changes is fully traceable.” “You know where he went and how he went. There is a budget process for this, there is nothing secret about it, “he said.

Pacheco avoids talking about the 2022 elections

The Senate president avoided talking about the 2022 elections and said the purpose of his visit to Curitiba, where he also met Governor Ratinho Junior (PSD) and received the Order of Light of Pinhais from the hands of the Mayor Rafael Greca (DEM) (the highest municipal honor) has nothing to do with his work as President of the Senate.

Gilberto Kassab, president of the PSD, accompanied the senator on his visit to the capital of Paraná, but also did not speak about Pacheco’s candidacy for the presidency of Brazil. The new PSD member said the country should prioritize more urgent issues, such as containing the pandemic amid the threat of a new strain, and stressed that it would only deal with elections in 2022.

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