After the PASO, the distribution of discretionary resources to the provinces was accelerated

After the Open, Simultaneous and Compulsory Primaries (PASO), budget transfers to the provinces experienced a peak in September close to that registered in June: from a monthly average of $ 30,000 million, it went to almost $ 56,500 million. This increase represented a nominal rise of 39% in the year-on-year comparison. According to a report by the consulting firm Aerarium, as of last September, the province of Buenos Aires received $ 112,451 million in discretionary transfers from the national Executive. The Ministry of Finance provided nearly $ 60,000 million to the district governor by Axel Kicillof, within the framework of the Fiscal Strengthening Fund (FFF) created with the co-participation taken from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA); $ 40,573 million were drawn and another $ 19,000 million from direct financial assistance from the Treasury. As a result, discretionary transfers to the Province of Buenos Aires represented 36.4% of the total transfers made by the national government to the provinces and the CABA. The province of Córdoba and CABA follow in importance with 9.5% and 6.1%, respectively. At the opposite extreme are the provinces of Tierra del Fuego, Catamarca and Chubut with shares that do not reach 1%, according to Aerarium. Discretionary transfers are those resources that the provinces receive from the National Government and that are not regulated by a law that sets out objective criteria for distribution, that is, decided by the officials of the central power. What happened to Tucumán? The jurisdiction governed by the current Chief of Cabinet of the Nation, Juan Manzur, remained in the intermediate batch of districts favored with the discretionary transfers of the Casa Rosada.

Different was the case of the National Treasury Contributions (ATN). Between June and September, Tucumán received $ 1,855 million of the almost $ 32,000 million distributed since September of last year throughout the country. the Province of Buenos Aires maintains its relative importance in the distribution of the fund, taking 24.2% of the total distributed in the last 12 months. The 2021 budget law assigned a budget credit to the ATN fund for $ 25,000 million, of which 83% (+ $ 20,777 million) have been executed as of September, says the private consultant. Now, only in this exercise the fund estimates to raise $ 55,000 million automatically, therefore, if all the budget credit is executed ($ 25,000 million), the ATN fund would have accumulated $ 75,625 million by the end of 2021 (the $ 45,625 million accumulated as of December 31, 2020 plus the $ 30,000 million without budget execution). After Buenos Aires, the most favored districts have been Santa Fe (with 8.2% participation), Santiago del Estero (5.9%) and Tucumán and Chaco (with 5.8% participation each), according to Aerarium data.

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