The state of Yucatan will receive 3.3 billion pesos less from the federal budget than last year, representing 8% less than the budget exercised this year, which will involve cuts of up to 15% in most of the government dependencies, with the exception of the Secretariats of Public Security and Women, as well as the Executive Commission of Attention to Victims.
Although the municipalities will receive a 7.7% more resources from the Federation next year, compared to 2018, the global situation of the State’s finances is deficient, since the project of Expenditures Budget of the Federation 2019 eliminates, among other funds, the so-called “Henequenera Zone“, that used to be exclusive for Yucatan, as well as others.
It also significantly reduces agreements for education and support programs for women.
The above, due to the process of “budget reengineering” applied by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who promised not to increase taxes or debt, and the only way he can finance his adminstration’s special projects is by eliminating or modifying other items.
Why the cuts?
The local representative for the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), Harry Gerardo Rodríguez Botello Fierro, explained that based on an analysis, Yucatán will receive 3.3 billion pesos less in real terms, which means 8% in relation to what the state received this year, when the administration exercised almost 42.7 billion pesos.
“There was a budgetary re-engineering process because President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged not to increase taxes, and since he will not or will not get into debt, the only way he can finance his special projects is with what he calls “budget reengineering” (whatever that means to him),” the representative explained.
This “reengineering” means nnothig but cuts to different budget items, a situation that includes savings of almost half a billion pesos, and with the resources generated, López Obrador will finance its priority programs, such as the Maya and the Trans-istmus trains, social programs such as the increase in pensions for the elderly, scholarships for young people, the new national health system that will replace Seguro Popular and the internet for all program.
It should be noted that on Wednesday Dec. 19, during the third ordinary session of the Citizens’ Budget Development and Monitoring Council, the fiscal package that Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal presented to the State Congress was unanimously approved, which contains the draft budget for income and expenditures of the state government for 2019.
TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE