Daniel Artana believes that free graduate trips only benefit upper-middle class boys

The chief economist of the Latin American Economic Research Foundation (FIEL) Daniel Artana opined this Monday (October 11) that the free graduate trips for Buenos Aires students who cannot afford them, a measure announced by Governor Axel Kicillof, “is a subsidy for mostly upper-middle-class children.”

“The thing about the Province of Buenos Aires is hilarious,” Artana said, and remarked: “In poor homes, many of the boys unfortunately do not finish high school, therefore they cannot aspire to a graduate trip.”

“If you look at the subsidy announced by the governor, it is a subsidy for upper-middle-class boys in Argentina, mostly,” he added.

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In statements to Radio Miter, the economist considered that “this is a government that, at least in economic matters, always had great confusion” and that demonstrated “that management is not its strong suit.”

“The unexpected defeat of the PASO came and instead of trying to correct the course it seems to me that they are deepening the errors,” he warned.

Kicillof, presented on Friday in Villa Gesell the program that aims to “accompany the reactivation” of the tourism sector after the pandemic and that includes the establishment of “free graduate trips” for 220,000 high school students.

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The measure is part of the “Buenos Aires Tourism Reactivation Program“which consists of tax benefits for companies that provide lodging services, financial support for popular festivals and the launch of the” Recreo “application to promote tourist destinations in the Province.

This Monday, after a weekend of criticism from the opposition, Kicillof vindicated his measure to subsidize graduate trips and maintained that it is to help the tourism sector, “one of the most affected in the pandemic.”

“What we do is give work to a sector at a time of the year where they do not have work,” said the provincial president in radio statements, after sectors of the opposition described the measure as “electoralist” to try to reverse the defeat of the ruling party in the PASO, since it reaches an age group that is able to vote.

In this regard, Kicillof said that it involves “paying directly for hotels, excursions and gastronomy to some 220,000 Buenos Aires students so that they can make their graduate trip between February and April (next year) in destinations in the province.”


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