President of Mexico Proposes Tax Overhaul

September 9, 2013

The New York Times, 9/9/2013

currency - coinsPressing ahead with plans to reshape Mexico’s economy, President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed on Sunday a sweeping overhaul of his country’s tax system, intended to collect billions of dollars to finance new social programs.

In a speech from his residence, Mr. Peña Nieto described the broad outlines of his plan, which would eliminate many loopholes and exemptions that favor the richest Mexicans. He proposed new taxes on capital gains, carbon emissions and soft drinks, and increased income taxes for those making over about $39,000 a year.

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National Crusade Against Hunger is Branded as “electioneering” (Spanish)

March 7, 2013

MEXICO CONGRESS

Proceso, 3/6/2013

The head of the Ministry of Social Development  Rosario Robles scuffled with opposition legislators who assured that the National Crusade Against Hunger is just electioneering strategy from the PRI.

In response, Robles promised that the program will not be used to garner votes for the PRI in the upcoming elections.

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Mexico Goes After the Narcos — Before They Join the Gangs

February 26, 2013

boy-with-toy-gunTime, 2/25/2013

The gunshots at dawn woke residents of the cinder-block homes in Nezahualcóyotl, a working-class city on the edge of the Mexican capital, making a few people duck for cover behind their beds. When they finally peered out their windows, they saw the corpses of two young men, one stacked over the other, beside a threatening note written on cardboard and signed by the drug cartel called La Familia. The double murder, which took place on Feb. 16, was the latest in a series of killings that has brought the drug war to the edges of Mexico City — the mountain capital that has long been viewed as a safe haven from the cartel violence ravaging other parts of Mexico.

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Opacity permeates social programs (In Spanish)

November 8, 2011

El Universal, 11/8/11

Investigadores de Gestión Social y Cooperación (Gesoc) reportaron a la Cámara de Diputados que 70 programas sociales federales, 53% del total que existen, se encuentran en la opacidad y, por tanto, se desconoce la utilidad social de los 84 mil millones de pesos que se les destina.

Junto con esa, que llamó la “caja negra” del gasto social, Gesoc detectó que se entregan más de 46 mil millones de pesos a 35 programas cuyo bajo nivel en cobertura o “alta dispersión” implica que no podrían resolver el problema público que les dio origen.

Ambos casos —en total 105 programas— representan 130 mil millones de pesos que en realidad no sirven para el objetivo de reducir la pobreza o se desconoce si han logrado algo.

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