MEXICO CITY — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena celebration beat back efforts Thursday to rescue 109 semi-independent authorities trust funds that fund everything from science to film productions to emergency relief.
During two weeks of angry debate, the resistance managed to acquire just minor alterations.
Opponents depicted the movement for power and money grab that may hurt athletes, scientists, and vulnerable groups by making funds determined by annual budget appropriations. López Obrador has predicted the capital wasteful and states they lack supervision.
The problem has sparked a much more heated discussion than some of López Obrador’s initiatives because he took office nearly two decades back.
Together, the capital manages nearly $3.2 billion in government funds for health, sports and education endeavors, including one which financing protection for endangered journalists. Critics claim the government wants the money to fill existing spending requirements.
López Obrador and his party state that financing for those projects is ensured, but the government of the trust capital was unsuccessful and rampant.
The bill that with all the modifications voted through Thursday each of the jobs would need to rely on yearly budget amounts, an arrangement which could make them dependent on the president or political whims.
López Obrador is famous for his private austerity and his hatred of waste, however, he’s also been accused of constructing a lot of personal control of authorities and of course disdaining checks and balances, civic groups as well as other limitations on his power.
The president said that there are”hopes for all, together with bureaucracies where in several instances the money is invested, the capital doesn’t reach the public.”
Following the trusts are removed, ” he said, his government will”collect these resources and hand them out, nobody could eliminate funding. If high-level athletes rely on those trusts, they need to not be worried since they will continue to obtain their support obligations. When an artist is dependent upon a scholarship from these types of trusts, he’ll continue to receive it without an issue, or even a writer, a moviemaker, whoever.”
Despite these assurances, groups of notable scientists, filmmakers, artists, and writers have compared the changes.