Amendments to the Complementary Law Project (PLP) 93/23 in the Chamber of Deputies, which establishes a new fiscal regime for Brazil, the so-called new fiscal framework, may affect the Federal District budget.
The project’s rapporteur, Deputy Cláudio Cajado (PP-BA), included in his report a change in the calculation of the Constitutional Fund of the DF. The measure caused concern in the parliamentarians of the Federal Chamber and Legislative Chamber of the Federal District (CLDF).
The change concerns the rule on the variation in the calculation of the Constitutional Fund, which is currently calculated from the net current revenue of the Union. However, Cajado proposed a ceiling for the Constitutional Fund that would limit the primary expenditure of the Executive Branch, which would limit the budgetary resources of the DF. This change was not included in the original proposal sent by the Executive in March.
Deputy Erika Kokay (PT-DF) said she is against including this change in the new fiscal framework, as proposed by the rapporteur for the matter. “This proposal puts our financial and budgetary sustainability at risk,” she said.
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“We will not accept the freezing of resources in view of the negative impact that this change may have on the planning of funding the needs of the Capital”, added Erika Kokay, who is deputy leader of the Brasil da Esperança federation (PT, PCdoB and PV). in the camera.
Progressive CLDF deputies also opposed the change proposed by Cláudio Cajado. Deputy Gabriel Magno (PT) recalled that the Constitutional Fund is important for the maintenance of the Capital of the Republic, of the fundamental services for the population that are foreseen in the Federal Constitution.
“This measure, if approved, puts the financial health and provision of public services in the DF at risk, which means enormous irresponsibility”, said Magno, adding: “Our position is that it is necessary to return to the discussion of the original text forwarded by the government. Our job now is to seek to resolve these issues”.
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Deputy Fábio Félix (PSOL) informed that he signed a joint letter asking for the withdrawal of the Constitutional Fund from the ceiling of the new fiscal framework. “We know that the Fund is essential to keep the Federal District on its feet, in addition to the functioning of essential public policies such as health. We will fight against this measure”, warned Félix.
The Constitutional Fund of the Federal District (FCDF) was established by Federal Law nº 10.633/02, with the purpose of providing the necessary resources for the organization and maintenance of the civil police, the military police and the military fire brigade of the Federal District, in addition to providing financial assistance for the execution of public health and education services, as provided for in item XIV of art. 21 of the Federal Constitution. Resources are supervised by the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU).
In 2021, the FCDF had an approved budget of R$ 15.859 billion. According to information from the Secretariat for Planning, Budget and Administration (Seplad), 99.98% of these resources were used. Also according to the agency, 52.68% of the authorized allocation was used in the area of security and 47.32% in the areas of health and education in the DF. In 2022, the Constitutional Fund had an approved budget of R$ 16.28 billion, of which 15.38 billion were executed. In 2023, the approved budget of BRL 22.97 billion.
O Brazil in fact DF got in touch with Seplad to comment on the impacts of the possible changes in the government’s accounts, but until the closure of the matter they still had not sent answers.
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Source: BdF Distrito Federal
Editing: Flavia Quirino
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