Pandemic caused Brazil’s federal government costs to grow 16% in 2020

Excluding the Ministry of Health, operating expenses would have dropped 10%.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Driven by the covid-19 pandemic, the total costs of the federal government totaled R$2.64 trillion (US$460 billion) and increased 16% in 2020 compared to 2019, the National Treasury disclosed today, April 6th.

The indicator measures the expenses of the Three Federal Branches and the Federal Prosecutor's Office with labor, operation, supplies, financial expenses, depreciation of assets and revenue sharing with states, municipalities and society organizations.

The main components that increased costs were the emergency aid and the employment protection program, which made the financial input item (financial expenses) grow 19%, and . . .

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