Nicolás Posse will provide his first management report to the Senate at the end of this month

Nicolás Posse will provide his first management report to the Senate at the end of this month
Nicolás Posse will provide his first management report to the Senate at the end of this month

Nicolás Posse will give his first management report in the Senate at the end of April (Photo: Franco Fafasuli)

The Chief of Staff of the Nation, Nicolas Possewill provide at the end of this month his first management report in the Senate of the Nation. This was confirmed this Wednesday by the presidential spokesperson, Manuel Adorni, who in any case did not specify the day of the presentation.

During the last days of April The Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Nicolás Posse will attend the Senate of the Nation to provide the report on the progress of the government as stipulated in the National Constitution in its article 101,” Adorni published on his social networks.

In the midst of the reborn struggle for Omnibus Law In the Chamber of Deputies, the official is expected to answer a large number of questions about the mega DNU. In fact, the first step to that will be a notification to legislators to pre-submit their questions to Posse.

With a low profile, with practically no public statements in the few more than three months of Javier Milei’s government, the Chief of Staff will not have an easy scenario. Even moderate opponents, such as deputy Julio Cobos, had already demanded his presence in the facility since February. “On December 10, President Javier Milei took office. However, to date, his Chief of Staff, Nicolás Posse, has avoided making public statements. Reporting on the progress of the government is a constitutionally established republican duty“, emphasized at that time the former vice president of Cristina Kirchner, now back in the Radical Civic Union.

The man from Mendoza, along with other members of the UCR in the Lower House, based his claim on the basis that “the National Constitution, in its article 101, establishes exhaustively that the head of the Cabinet of Ministers must attend Congress at least once a monthalternatively to each of its Chambers, to report on the progress of the government.”

The presentations of the Chiefs of Staff in Congress became a headache for almost all presidential administrations in the last 28 years. In fact, in a published table of compliance with written and oral reports on those expected between 1995-2020 from Cippec, the one who came close to the best mark, achieved in the second government of Carlos Menem, was Macrismo. In any case, both were far from ideal.

This Wednesday, the ten governors of the Radical Civic Union (UCR) and the PRO who move as “dialogues” and maintain an equidistant or strategic alliance with the Government met virtually to coordinate a joint strategy prior to the summit that they will have tomorrow at the Casa Rosada with Nicolás Posse and Guillermo Francos, Minister of the Interior of the Nation.

The provincial leaders unified criteria regarding a series of topics contained in the draft Law on Palliative and Relevant Fiscal Measures, with which the aim is to advance deregulations, modifications and “improvements” in the fiscal and tax sphere. The Government plans to give parliamentary status to this article this Friday, in order to discuss and approve it before the May Pact, convened for the 25th of that month in Córdoba.

The Government will also send the new Law of Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines with the reform of the State, emergencies and powers for the Executive Branch and privatizations among the most outstanding points.

The dialogue governors reviewed the draft of the new Base Law and there is consensus to support it. On the other hand, they have nuances and observations regarding the Fiscal Measures Law. In a kind of parliamentary traffic light, the Omnibus Law has a green light and the fiscal package, yellow.

The great point of discrepancy is in Decree 280/2024 with which Balcarce 50 affected the payment of the fiscal deficit of the pension funds of 13 provinces that have their own pension system. Within that conglomerate, there are five governors who belong to the JxC lot: Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, Chubut and Chaco.

Added to this is a fiscal red flag that the Government has with the provinces. In JxC they evaluate that Milei owes unpaid resources to all provinces. The calculation they make refers to a debt of 4.2 billion pesos that the Nation owes to the provinces.

As he was able to know Infobae by the governors, that figure contains $250 billion in undistributed National Treasury Contributions (ATN), $2 billion for the collection of Profits, $255 billion in fuel taxes, resources from the 2023 fiscal consensus and the 2024 projection 1.7 billion. The figure gives a total sum of $4,258 billion pesos.

In this framework, the compensation of non-transferred Retirement funds is central. The governors were surprised with DNU 280 last Thursday. It didn’t go down well. The measure circulated quickly in the WhatsApp group that everyone shares, whose name is “24 governors and a Head of Government.” In addition, he wandered into internal chats of the JxC leaders.

This is a decision by the national government that once again bogs down the debate over the Omnibus Law, 40 days after the May Pact. From the Casa Rosada they assure that the funds for the pension systems of the provinces are there and that they were reallocated. That will be, perhaps, the most discussed topic at tomorrow’s meeting at the Ministry of the Interior.

The decree in question also formalized the elimination of National Teacher Incentive Fund (FONID) and Transportation Compensation Fund. They are two key programs to finance part of teacher salaries and subsidize bus tickets in the provinces. In a context of liquefaction and fiscal adjustment, the governors allege that not receiving these resources further aggravates the economic situation in their territories.

In relation to the fiscal package, the point most discussed by the Governors is the restitution of the fourth category of the Income Tax. Milei proposes reinstating it with a non-taxable minimum of $1,200,000. On the other hand, the leaders – mainly those in the center and south of the country – demand a higher floor, with low or progressive scales. This is a measure that will tax the middle class and will have a high political cost.

 
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