Federal government raises 2017 healthcare and education budgets
Even in the midst of fiscal adjustments, the federal government has managed to ensure increased resources in the 2017 budget for priority areas. According the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management, the Healthcare and Education areas will have higher budgets than those recorded this year.
In the case of Healthcare, the 2017 Annual Budget Bill (PLOA) just delivered to Congress foresees expenditures of R$ 110.2 billion - an amount 7.20% higher than that of 2016 and 6.06% higher than the minimum amount the government is required by law to allocate to the area.
As for Education, the proposal is for a R$ 62.5 billion budget for the area in the coming year. This figure is 2% higher than the 2015 budget and 21.36% higher than the minimum amount the government is bound by the constitution to invest in education.
If other expenses in education are taken into account (classified as 'education allowance transfers and other expenses'), the total budget of the area rises to R$ 111.3 billion. Compared to last year, this volume is 10.42% higher.
The proposal is that the government's total budget for next year be R$ 1.316 trillion. The budget proposal was delivered by the government to congress, which must approve the text. The bill also determines a fiscal target for 2017.
According to the proposal, the central government (which includes the National Treasury, Central Bank and Social Security), will work to ensure the primary deficit does not exceed R$ 139 billion.
The target is already lower than that of 2016, which is R$ 170 billion - a decrease that exemplifies the efforts in place to organize Brazil's public accounts.