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Bolsonaro’s public spending cuts not as advertised

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Jair Bolsonaro promised a government of fiscal austerity

During the presidential campaign, Jair Bolsonaro and his team promised to rid Brazil’s federal government from “the vices of the Workers’ Party’s previous administrations.” The President’s Chief of Staff, Onyx Lorenzoni kicked off his tenure by firing “people with a clear ideological bias,” laying off over 320 staffers. Mr. Lorenzoni’s zealous purging caused a curious episode when he could no longer hire any new underlings due to a lack of workers available to process hirings and firings. Moreover, it turned out that only 1 percent of those who were dismissed were actually connected...

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