In 2019 Bolsonaro Increased Defense Spending by 22 Percent

The education sector lost 16 percent of the federal government's budget; health also suffered cuts in the government's first year; Defense received a 22.1 percent increase.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In his first year in office, President Jair Bolsonaro increased federal spending on investments and funding for Defense and reduced spending on Education, Health and Safety.

The final result of the federal government's accounts, released by the Treasury, showed a real increase (above inflation) of 22.1 percent in Defense spending compared to 2018, a nominal increase of R$4.2 (US$1) billion from one year to the next.

Conversely, spending on education dropped 16 percent and health fell 4.3 percent. Investments in the safety area, led by Justice Minister Sérgio Moro . . .

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