These incredible expenses of the Brazilian government show that Brazilians work for their crooked politicians

Medicine thrown in the trashFor years, the only limitation of the Brazilian public budget was the political will on the part of the government, or the political and social pressures on the part of the society and of interest groups. It has never been for the government to deal with dilemmas common to families and businesses for allocation of scarce resources. The result is clear: between 1991 and 2015 federal government spending jumped from 10.1 percent to 19.5 percent of GDP.

In this wave of increased spending, the Brazilian judiciary has become the most expensive on the planet, costing 1.3% of GDP, against 0.2% of countries like Chile or Argentina. Brazil has reached the notoriously honorable position of the second most expensive congress on the planet.

Listed below 12 examples of these typically Brazilian abuses:

1. The monthly salary of R$ 22 thousand paid to the Lower House’s xerox manager (yes, copy machines).
The camera operator of the Lower House that gets paid monthly R$ 22,000, between salaries and indemnities.

2. R$ 1 billion in losses caused by poor management of medicine in the SUS (Brazilian Unique Health System).

The lack of medicine in hospitals was the subject of several campaigns throughout Brazil. Wherever you look, the complaints seem the same: there are no drugs left. However, an investigation by the Federal Council of Pharmacy has found that $ 1 in every $ 5 spent by the government on the purchase of drugs are thrown in the trash can, since the drugs expire before being used, or often remain Retained in inventories of the Ministry of Health itself.


3. The R$ 198,000 that the Ministry of Education intended to spend on snacks for the minister on official flights.
The $ 30,900 monthly salary received is sufficient to put the current education minister, Mendonça Filho, among the richest 0.5% of the country. This does not mean, however, that the minister can afford certain daily costs, such as food itself.

4. Judges from Minas Gerais who will receive R$ 1 billion in housing assistance.
The division of salaries of public workers is still a reality for the more than 200 thousand public employees of Minas Gerais. In a few months, wages will take up to 20 days to fully fall into the account.
With its own budget, thanks to the independence of the three powers, judiciary and legislative end up escaping the most drastic measures.
In the midst of this unprecedented crisis in state finances, the Public Prosecutor’s Office decided to pay the amounts due to landlords in housing assistance from 1994 to 2000, exactly in 2016. Total amount of the account to be more precise: R$ 946,483,179.57 .

5. The judge who received $ 600,000 in a single month.
Far from the reality that afflicts the Rio de Janeiro executive, who has already needed federal support of around R$ 2.9 billion to keep the accounts up to date, the judiciary follows its own budget routine. According to analysis by O Globo, 894 – or about 90% – judges and judges of the state of Rio de Janeiro received above the constitutional ceiling earlier this year. Of these, 34 received more than R$ 80 thousand.
At the beginning of 2010, Rio was known for another record in remunerating a judge at R $ 642,962.66 in salaries and indemnities.

6. The R$ 40 million spent on advertising to explain the need to cut costs.
To announce the need to cut spending for the population, however, the government decided to launch a campaign explaining its reasons for making an adjustment. Cost? R$ 40 million.

7. The Paraná Court of Justice that spends $ 2.8 million a year with waiters.
With a budget not limited by any rule, courts allow some perks. Although much more modest than the salaries granted to Senate waiters, who earn R $ 15,000 per month, the 104 waiters hired by TJ-PR add up to a monthly payroll of R$ 235,743.12 per month.

8. The judge related to traffickers and cases of corruption that received as punishment a compulsory retirement of R$ 25,438.40.
Punishing politicians involved in corruption is a rare move in Brazil. In the judiciary, however, under the pretext of preventing false accusations from reducing the autonomy of justice and jeopardizing the very exercise of the profession, punishments are usually considerably milder. With rare exceptions, the punishment of judges found guilty of committing acts of corruption amounts to compulsory retirement, as was the case of a judge in the State of Bahia. In 2001, the judge would have voted to release a trafficker caught red-handed in a federal operation. According to the prosecution, the relationship between the two has evolved over the years.
After the PF investigation, the case went to trial, and dragged on for years until it came to the conclusion that the judge’s position in fact did not match what is expected of a magistrate. His Punishment: Compulsory retirement with full salary.

Medicine thrown in the trash

9. The 81 advisors to whom Collor is entitled as Senator.
A new car every two years, suits, cell phones, food, housing and gasoline at will. The list of pamphlets to which senators are entitled, regardless of their salary, extends as far as the imagination of the senators reaches.
Keeping the Federal Senate, with its 81 members, costs annually $ 2.7 billion, or $ 33 million for each senator. The budget equals the expenditure of the ministries of Sports and Culture added.
Among the common expenses, the remuneration of advisors tops the list. Fernando Collor (PTB – AL), for example, has the right to 81 advisors.

10. The meal budget of R$ 3,095.86 received by each of the councilors of Recife.
Being a councilor in a large Brazilian capital is enough to put you among the top 1% in the country. In Recife, for example, the gross salary is R $ 15 thousand. The amount, however, does not include certain expenses considered essential to councilmen. In June of this year, each of the 39 members of the Recife municipal council gave themselves a meal ticket of more than R$ 3 thousand, corresponding to more than double the average salary of Recife.

11. The R$ 100 million spent on pensions and benefits to former governors in the last 3 years.
Pension reform is still stalled in Congress, but the certainty that the government will try to impose a change from the minimum age to 65 already worries the parties involved. However, none of this affects a very special class of citizens: the 104 former governors and 53 widows who are entitled to receive full salary for having spent 4 or 8 years in office, responsible for an expenditure that has reached R$ 100 million in recent years. 3 years.

12. The R$ 24 million spent on the corporate card of the presidency.
As soon as he completed his first 6 months in office, the first numbers of the Temer administration began to come out, and with them, the inevitable comparison with previous governments. As reported by O Globo, in four months in office, Temer had spent more than his predecessor in one semester. The expenses with corporate card are old acquaintances of the Brazilians. In 2008, a series of complaints about misuse of resources was published, which in theory should cover essential expenses for ministers and the presidency, without the need for bidding.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.