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Brazilian administrations betting on the return of gambling

Brazilian administrations betting on the return of gambling
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In their search for new sources of revenue, all levels of Brazilian government are pursuing ways to raise tax collection while reducing the size of the state. One such proposal is the legalization of gambling, an idea floated since the beginning of the 2014 economic crisis, and which splits opinions within conservative and liberal segments of the population.

Gambling has been illegal in Brazil since 1946, following a decree from then-President Eurico Gaspar Dutra. The reasons given at the time were that the practice violated “Brazil’s legal and religious moral tradition” and constituted “abuses of morals and good habits.”

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