After the approval of the base text of the Tax Reform in the Senate, this Wednesday (8), governor Mauro Mendes considered that the final text should still bring losses to the country and, mainly, to Mato Grosso.
“Despite some advances, this reform brings a big mistake, which is the complete exemption of the entire export chain of primary products, whether in agribusiness, mining or any other sector. This will cost the country dearly,” he said.
Mauro had sent a letter to the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, with proposals to prevent Mato Grosso from suffering more harmful consequences from the Reform.
Among the demands, the governor asked for the continuity of the State Transport and Housing Fund (Fethab), from which the State collects around R$3 billion annually for robust investments in infrastructure and housing.
Senator Eduardo Braga, rapporteur of the proposal, decided to maintain the Fund until 2043, but there were no changes in relation to the exemption of the production chain and other points suggested by the governor.
According to the governor, the current proposal should increase the tax burden on citizens. “If these chains are going to stop paying taxes completely, who is going to cover these costs? In the future, we will see that we made a mistake, as we will have serious consequences. I hope I’m wrong and that this doesn’t happen”, he concluded.