Despite the frenetic meetings held in recent hours by the main representatives of President Javier Milei's Cabinet, the Government failed in its attempt to reach a closed agreement with the dialogue opposition at the session in the Chamber of Deputies this Wednesday.
The crossing over the co-participation of the PAIS Tax strained the relationship with the governors when everything seemed on track, and the provincial leaders decided that they will guarantee a quorum and vote in favor of the Omnibus Law in general, but they will remain firm in their position of rejecting several of its articles. .
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The role of the governors is key for the Government, because with the deputies on whom they have an influence they can tilt the voting process to one side or the other.
At this time, the die has been cast and the dialoguing provincial leaders are determined not to put any brakes on the wheel, but anger is growing, especially with the President, who considers them responsible for the failure of the fiscal chapter.
The Minister of Economy, Luis “Toto” Caputo, was forced to remove him from the project, after the leak of the phrase about leaving the provinces “without a peso” if the governors do not follow the law, which Milei would have used in a Cabinet meeting and although it was not denied by anyone in the Government.
Support in general, but rejection of several items
After the elimination of the tax chapter – which included the increase in withholdings, the elimination of the pension update formula and the reversal in the reduction of Income Tax, among other points – Milei was confident that he would not have to give in on other key issues. to achieve the zero deficit and implement the chainsaw plan that he promised during the campaign.
The agreement in this sense advanced in the meeting that the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos, held with the dialogue governors this Tuesday, but it fell minutes later when the Government came out to clarify that the sharing of the PAIS Tax had not been discussed, as The provincial leaders had confirmed it after the meeting.
Added to this was Milei's retweet of a post that described those made up of the forces that a couple of hours before had sat down to negotiate with Francos as an “extortion bloc.”
Without the guarantee of the co-participation of the PAIS Tax, once the agreement was triggered, the governors returned to their initial position and some announced that they will reject key articles for the President.
At the end of a meeting with national deputies Ana Romero, Eugenia Alianiello and José Glinski, the governor of Chubut, Ignacio Torres, confirmed in his X account that they agreed that the province “will vote against the chapter that proposes to deregulate fishing, for understand that it would seriously affect the national and provincial economy, as well as the development of the activity.”
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In addition, he said that “the deputies committed to carefully analyze the regulatory changes established by the project regarding hydrocarbons, in order to guarantee sustainability and investment in the Golfo San Jorge Basin.”
They also agreed “not to support the repeal of the Fire Management Law, which protects ecosystems from accidental or intentional fires, prohibiting the sale of burned land within periods of between 30 and 60 years, in order to avoid speculative practices that could promote the development of real estate ventures.”
Guillermo Francos in a meeting with dialogue governors at the Federal Investment Council. Photo: Telam
The case of Martín Llaryora, from Córdoba, is similar. “We have a vocation for dialogue and joint work. We are going to discuss each point that affects the productive sectors. An adjustment plan like this cannot be sustained over time if it is not accompanied by an investment plan that generates work and employment in Argentina,” the governor wrote. He also clarified that the province is not going to let “the teaching incentive that cost so much to achieve be lost.”
After the clashes over the PAIS Tax, Llaryora had said that the agreement with Francos “is no longer valid” and had demanded “to resume dialogue and return to negotiations.”
Days before the meeting, the governor of Jujuy, Carlos Sadir, had ratified his position in “defense of the original domain of the provinces over the local hydrocarbon resources” and of “the powers of administration over them.” It is one of the pending issues to be discussed at the venue.
Milei also garnered support and added votes in favor
Among those who guaranteed without mentioning conditions to the libertarian project, the governor of Entre Ríos, Rogelio Frigerio, was one of the first to sign up. “We are going to accompany the Government,” he confirmed.
“Today I met with the National Deputies of Entre Ríos for the debate on the Base Law. The legislators from my province will be in the session tomorrow and will accompany. We have to achieve the necessary consensus among all for the law to be approved. From JxER we are going to support the tools that the President needs to solve the country's problems,” he wrote this Tuesday in X.
Similar was the position of the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Jorge Macri. “I support the Bases Law. “I am convinced that this is not the time for speculation but rather that we must support the reforms proposed in the Law to give the National Government the necessary tools so that there is a change that will take our country forward,” he stated.
“As governor of the province of Corrientes and as part of the governors of Together for Change, I believe that we have to exert a lot of force to get this law passed and that we can definitely have a law that improves the situation of Argentines,” said the Governor of Corrientes, Gustavo Valdés, on Radio Miter.
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For his part, the San Juan president, Marcelo Orrego, assured regarding the debate in Deputies, that “you will always find him on the side of those who put in common what unites us and not what separates us and, of course, always defending and taking care of San Juan.”
Although general support is taken for granted, the governors of San Luis, Claudio Poggi; from Chaco, Leandro Zdero; from Mendoza, Alfredo Cornejo; from Santa Fe, Maximiliano Pullaro; from Catamarca, Raúl Jalil; from Salta, Gustavo Sáenz, and from Tucumán, Osvaldo Jaldo, did not publicly specify whether the deputies who respond to them will raise any particular objection to some articles.