Argentina and the national government need the ‘base law’ to move forward

The Minister of Government of Córdoba, Manuel Calvo, is forceful: Argentina, and the national Government, need the “base law” to be approved. He says that in February there were differences with the project, but that they have now been resolved and it is time for the initiative to move forward.

Furthermore, he assures that the high support that Milei has in Córdoba does not condition them when it comes to criticizing the libertarian. And he explains that, when a government is starting, there is no need to “put a spanner in the works.”

–Is the Province’s expectation that the Senate approve the “base law” as it is?

–We believe, and our governor Llaryora has said it on repeated occasions, that Argentina needs the law. And the National Government too. To be able to manage your government program. If there is something that Córdoba has always provided throughout all this time, and beyond who has been in charge of the first magistracy, it is guarantees of governability. Our political force accompanied, in Macri’s time, the main laws he needed. And the same with Fernández. Therefore, we consider it very appropriate that President Milei can have the law that he requires and thus have one more tool than he has had until now. In a situation that he clearly did not create, but rather inherited. With a program that is closely tied to the macro in economic terms, but which lacks fine tuning regarding the micro, which needs the real economy, in which we all suffer, to begin to bear fruit. We cannot speak for the senators, who are responsible for their actions. What we hope is that the Senate can move forward. And if there is any modification, it is the rules of democracy. Because when one does not have a parliamentary majority, as happens to the national government, it has to prioritize dialogue to achieve common objectives. The “base law” failed in the first stage because we had some differences. If there is a province that has been greatly harmed by different actions of previous national governments, it was Córdoba, mainly with taxes, such as export duties. We did not agree with placing withholdings on productive activity. Well, that was settled. The law was able to advance in the Deputies and is now in the Senate.

–Senator Vigo has participated actively and has made some specific points.

–She is a representative of our political space, with a long career, and who wants the best for Argentina. Like us. We hope that progress can be made and that there is definitely a law that allows the Government to have some more tools. Because they are the ones who make the decisions, the ones who manage the economic policy of the country. The idea is to advance the comprehensive recovery of Argentina. It is seen that the chainsaw plan and others are advancing, and there are macrofiscal numbers that show a surplus; but this surplus has a very important cost. Cost that mainly falls on the provinces. In the case of Córdoba, throughout these 5 months of government, it has stopped receiving transfers that are not discretionary… To Córdoba comes co-participation, which is what all provinces receive. And then, what is established by law. For example, the province has been deprived of the Teacher Incentive, the transportation subsidy and zero pesos went to the Retirement Fund! All of this represents more than 200,000 million pesos. However, the governor did not make the same decision with the mayors. We maintain co-participation; the Fofinde, for health; Fodemed, to repair schools; security funds. In health matters we have increased the budget. Not only have we not withdrawn those funds, despite having stopped receiving them from the Nation, but we have fortified them. The governor has given us precise instructions: we have to move forward with the execution of the budget at maximum speed so that, once the crisis passes, Córdoba is not two steps behind, but two steps ahead. The activity should not stop. We are not going at the pace we would like, but we maintain public works. We have visited more than a hundred locations with the governors, and in each one there is a testimony of the Province.

Calvo said that the provincial government is not conditioned by the good numbers of support that President Javier Milei has in Córdoba. (Reuters)

–He said that Córdoba was harmed by previous governments, and in those cases he made his voice heard with criticism. Does the high support that Milei has in the province condition you? Did Llaryora suffer criticism from the President in February?

–Our responsibility is to govern Córdoba and fulfill the commitment to those who voted for us. We have not changed our mind. We still have the same convictions. When we made the decision in February regarding the “base law” it was in favor of Córdoba’s economy. Today, jobs are being lost in industrial, food, commerce and services. We believe that if to this significant slowdown in economic activity, withholdings for the added value that we put in Córdoba were added, imagine the inconveniences that we would have in the province today. I learned, throughout my time in public administration, that jobs are lost in hundreds and thousands, but they are recovered one by one.

–And in that situation, wouldn’t you like to raise your voice more? Córdoba is being greatly affected. He cries, or he is neutral or he is collaborative.

–When a government has just begun, as is happening to Milei, one should not put spokes in the wheel but rather guarantee the necessary institutions so that their government program can continue. We believe that the law that the President is asking for has to advance. And once he has the tools, we are going to continue with our original approach, which never changed. The governor is a man of upright convictions, who is very clear that he will never give up in defending the interests of our province.

–Do you think that another stage may come after the approval of the law?

–I don’t like watertight compartments. Politics is not like that. It is the achievement of different actions.

–But it will be a sample of the governability that the governors gave. It is saying: “Here are the tools.”

–The one that makes decisions in economic matters is the central government. It always has been. The provinces are the ones that generate wealth. We are going to continue betting on that, since of everything that Córdoba contributes, something begins to return.

–Does it seem to you that the man from Córdoba bills Milei for this adjustment, or does he look more to the governor?

–Córdoba is a province that has an institutionality… a very special peculiarity, where governors are seen with a central role in local actions over national policies.

Good tune. Governor Martín Llaryora is in favor of the “base law.” On Wednesday he shared a toast to Labor Day with Senator Alejandra Vigo, who has not yet commented on the issue.

-For the good and the bad.

–It is the characteristic of our province. But I repeat: you don’t have to look at the photo, you have to look at the entire film. And that movie is being shot. We maintain clear positions. The governor maintains his defense of the productive fabric of the province. And that is why the differences we have had occurred. We are convinced that what we propose is the right thing for the people of Córdoba. And we will continue to raise our voices so that our interests are not affected. Now, and in the time to come as well, and according to the decisions that the Nation makes in this matter. Because they are responsible for the drop in inflation, but also for beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel, a light of economic recovery. Because, if not, we are in inflation with recession, in stagflation. We are waiting to see if this ends up being a “V”, or a “U”; because if it is a “U”, many inconveniences will begin to arise in employment.

Río Cuarto: It is a local election

–Are you worried that the PJ will be divided in the election of the alternate capital?

–We must put it in the corresponding context: it is a local election.

–Isn’t this a test for Llaryora?

–Not absolutely. The mayor of Río Cuarto is elected. Obviously, we did our best to try to have a unity roster. It was not possible. We have a candidate in our space, who is Guillermo de Rivas, whom we are going to accompany, like all our candidates.

–How active is the governor going to be in the campaign?

–Córdoba has 427 municipalities and communes. And our political expression has had representatives everywhere. Obviously, when you have a candidate, you go with them. But, I am from the interior, and I know that no one likes it when a maximum authority comes from the Capital to tell them who they have to vote for. The residents of Río Cuarto are the ones who will elect the next mayor. What I do give is a guarantee, from our government team, that Llaryora will work with whoever is elected. As he does with each of the mayors. Obviously, we have our candidate and we are going to work to ensure that he wins, and so that the synergy that exists today between the Province and the local government does not stop.

 
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