March 7, 2014
Subway fare increase is 'illegal', former mayor Ibarra says
Former city mayor Aníbal Ibarra affirmed today that the subway fare increase decided by Buenos Aires City Government and to be instated tomorrow, is “illegal” and that the agreement has not yet been approved by the City Legislature. Furthermore Ibarra accused Macri’s administration of wanting to “pocket the subsidies”.
“Nobody knows what the agreement says, the Legislature didn’t even get a look,” the City lawmaker stated during a radio interview this morning.
Ibarra criticized the announcement not only because of the high increase percentage and the need for approval by the City Legislature, but also due to the fact that “a public audience” is needed to be able to modify tariffs.
The former city mayor also furthered that it is necessary by law; to ensure that a public audience be present when substantial increases are made to public service tariffs, “especially because the increase goes well over 100%” of the original price.
Moreover, Ibarra highlighted the fact that the National government will be giving the City government half of the subsidy for the entire year, therefore stated that “they have plenty of time to make the decision, there was no need to make it now.”
Finally, Ibarra said that “Macri will take 200 million of the 320 million pesos that the Government gives his administration, essentially pocketing the subsidies.”