President Jair Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes hit the hammer on creating aid for truck drivers. According to estimates by Pasta, it would be possible to offer R$ 1,000 to self-employed professionals as a way to cushion the effects of the rise in diesel and also calm the class that is already starting to talk about a strike. The decision, however, comes up against Law No. 9,504, specifically Article 73, which prohibits the creation of benefits in an election year.
The solution negotiated by the Civil House Minister Ciro Nogueira would come from Congress, with a change in the electoral law through a Constitutional Amendment. The desire is to articulate with the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL) the support of the center.
One of the president’s main bases of civilian support are truck drivers, who supported Bolsonaro in acts such as those on September 7, when a demonstration in Brasília was incited against the Federal Supreme Court (STF).
In constant communication with Palácio do Planalto, the leaders of self-employed drivers signaled that there was widespread dissatisfaction with the economic situation and mobilization would not be ruled out.
But if Bolsonaro manages to lower the temperature of truck drivers with the measure, he will buy a big legal fight. The constitutional lawyer and professor at the Federal University of ABC, Caio Canolli, explains that such assistance would be justifiable only in the event of a public calamity. “But there is no legal basis at the moment to justify such a seal,” he said. For him, if approved, the issue will end up in the STF. “It is very unlikely that this measure would have a long life in the Supreme Court, but it is undoubtedly enough to make relations between the Powers even more tense”, he stated.
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