May 22, 2013
Scioli request scrutinized
Several high ranking politicians reacted throughout the weekend to Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli’s request sent to Congress to reevaluate the federal revenue sharing law between the provinces and the national government.
Many Kirchnerite politicans were quick to attack the governor, with Vice-President Amado Boudou making one of the first comments last week, describing Scioli’s letter as an act of “political cowardice.”
Along the same line, national senator Aníbal Fernández said that before asking for a greater percentage of revenue, the governor should “look inside,” because the administration of funds within the province is “terrible.”
Kirchnerite deputy Carlos Kunkel agreed with Fernández, stating that the Buenos Aires Governor should focus more on “putting in order” his province’s administration of funds.
However, not all officials criticized Scioli. The Buenos Aires Province Bank Governor Gustavo Marangoni defended the distribution of the province’s local tax revenue and advised politicians not to turn the issue into a “storm of insults.”
Marangoni pointed out that the governor’s petition could have merit, claiming that the province provides 40 percent of the nation’s total revenue but only receives 20 percent back.
Kirchnerite deputy Jorge Landau explained that he thought Scioli’s request was not really serious, stating that if the governor had really wanted to resolve the issue he would have sent his petition to the Upper House and not the Lower House.
Deputy separates from De
Buenos Aires provincial deputy Mónica López announced that she intends to resign from her leadership position in the Blue and White Union political party caucus (formed by Francisco de Narváez) yesterday. In the press release she stated that the decision was personal and declared she was forming closer political ties with Tigre’s mayor Sergio Massa. López plans to join the Peronist Reform Front party.
Herald staff with DyN