Daniel Scioli and Axel Kicillof

CORDOVA.- The governors league peronists, that was presented a week ago with an agenda that focuses on the search for “more federalism and national unity”, analyzes requesting a meeting with Daniel Scioli, new Minister of Productive Development. They want answers as to whether some industry promotion programs that were already in place will continue. The Casa Rosada owes other answers: the governors continue to demand more subsidies for passenger transport; funds for plays Y the regularization of fuel supply.

The sources consulted by THE NATION They agreed that they hope to find in Scioli an “ally” for their proposals, who could accompany them so that they are accepted and answered. His irruption in the cabinet generates expectations also because the governors have been seeking, for months, a candidate that represents them.

At some point they bet on Juan Manzur, but the figure of Tucuman deflated. Scioli’s first “management” photo was with Axel Kicillof, With whom he had pullouts for funds when he was in front of Buenos Aires and Kicillof directed the Ministry of Economy.

As ambassador to Brazil, Scioli forged links with several leaders and mayors. This is not the case of the Minister of Economy, Martin Guzmanwho is a more distant figure, who is limited only to institutional exchanges.

Daniel Scioli and Axel Kicillof
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Next Thursday, in Santiago del Estero, some governors will meet because the NEA will formally join the Parliament of the NOA, which is chaired by Florencia López, deputy governor of La Rioja. Northerners have been showing themselves to be very dynamic in their meetings and proposals to the Nation.

On two issues of primary interest to the president Alberto Fernandez, the Peronist leaders played as allies. On the one hand, in the fight with the City of Buenos Aires for the removal of part of the co-participation, subject that is in the Supreme Court of Justice; on the other, in the project of court expansion. As a reply, they expect from the Nation concrete facts that favor the provinces and no more statements.

The administration of social plans also added to the agenda. As in CABA, social organizations have been leading marches in all the important cities of the interior. The Minister of Social Development, John Zabaleta, participated in several of the meetings of leaders and, in the document of constitution of the league there is a paragraph regarding what they study “alternatives to federalize policies that allow transforming social plans into genuine and decent work”.

For the governors of the north, the lack of diesel is a crucial problem. Since the end of March they have been insisting to Manzur and the Secretary of Energy, Darío Martínez, that the shortage affects their regional productions. Both had promised that there would be no shortage. There was, it affected productive activities and generated cost overruns. The expectation -and the search for answers- is now in what will happen to the gas when the colder days arrive.

The greater assignment of subsidies for the transport of passengers from the interior continues without definitions; the minister Alexis Guerrera was absent from the Deputies commission that discusses the issue. There are a dozen projects to increase turns; they were accumulated as the provinces must put more money so that the service is not stopped. The Nation promised, in May, raising the assistance fund to $46 billion, but it has not yet materialized. The legislators of Córdoba, for example, ask that the amount be $70,000 million.

The segmentation of energy rates It has two aspects for the provinces. On the gas side, they await more definitions from the Nation and, on the electricity side, each district has to resolve on its own because national decisions only reach Edenor and Edesur.

Governors League Córdoba does not participate (Juan Schiaretti has been away from Kirchnerism for years) and Santa Fe (Omar Perotti has a zigzagging relationship with the Pink House). Both wanted to promote that movement at the end of 2019, when they were elected, but the outbreak of the pandemic changed their plans. His colleagues ended up enrolled with Fernández.

In the document that relaunches the league, they indicate: “We assume a historical debate against asymmetries that impose the available public infrastructure; the competitiveness of regional economies; inequity in the price of fuel; asymmetries in energy tariffs and transport subsidies”.

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