The agenda of economic reforms proposed by President Jair Bolsonaro is “necessary” to allow for Brazil to develop.
That is the not view of a member of Mr. Bolsonaro’s economic team, but rather Luís Inácio Adams, a lawyer who served as Brazil’s Solicitor General under former President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party.
Despite supporting the Economy Ministry’s agenda, Mr. Adams is skeptical about whether or not the government can pass reforms to the tax system and its public service. “A tax reform is highly unpopular with state-level administrations because nobody wants to lose revenue. And the migration to a new system would take ten years—it would be challenging to keep two simultaneous and parallel tax systems.”
Mr. Adams spoke to The Brazilian Report on this and a number of other topics. You can read the highlights of this interview below. (Disclaimer: this interview was edited for brevity and clarity.)