“Retirement and labor reforms are now before Congress and should be passed by June,” said Eliseu Padilha, the president’s top domestic affairs adviser. He said the administration was likely to send tax proposals to Congress by April, with expectations for approval before the end of the year. He said the proposals would be designed “to simplify the tax structure.” Padilha spoke to reporters following a conference in Brasília. President Temer has made pension reform the centerpiece of his administration. The reform would create a minimum retirement age and various caps on benefits. It is designed to save the already struggling system from bankruptcy. Labor reforms would overhaul Brazil’s outdated, cumbersome work rules and would favor collective bargaining solutions over government intervention. Congressional committees have already begun consideration of the pension and labor proposals.
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