By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Facing one of the worst economic crises in its history, the Rio de Janeiro state government announced Thursday a series of decrees to curb expenditure. Among the actions is the suspension of social programs and reduction of state secretaries, from 25 to 20.

According to acting governor, Francisco Dornelles the measures have the objective of saving between R$1 billion to R$2 billion. The state’s deficit however is approximately R$19 billion.

Among the social programs to be suspended after September is the Renda Melhor, a complement to . . .

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