Are senators essential workers?

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Are senators essential workers?
Higinio Martínez, from Morena, met with 100 fellow party members - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 26/04/2020 11:07 Mexico City Off the Record Actualizada 11:16
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Are senators essential workers?

Yesterday, Higinio Martínez, a Morena senator and the leader of “Political Action Group,” said he met with 100 people in the state of Mexico because “as health workers are in the frontline and the commander in chief (President López Obrador) is physically in charge (sic), us, in my state, will also be there physically.” It seems like the politician thinks a meeting with lawmakers and mayors from Morena was an essential activity that has the same importance as what the health workers are doing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, they all took pictures together, and while they were wearing face masks, they ignored physical distancing.

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Will there be a decrease in tax collection?

Everyone has warned about an economic crisis, health crisis, and even a social crisis after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are lawmakers who foresee something just as catastrophic for the Mexican economy: a decrease in tax collection, as well as the collapse of oil prices. We’ve been told some claim there won’t be enough funds for the 2020 budget and a deficit of up to MXN $500,000 million. Now, the question is: has the SAT considered this scenario? 

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What about the Santa Lucía airport?

The Felipe Ángeles airport, located in Santa Lucía, is under construction and the opposition has forgotten to demand the halt of the construction. In recent days, political groups and business groups have focused on the Dos Bocas refinery and the Maya Train, even when the projects have already been assigned to several companies, which means that if the projects were canceled, the government would have to compensate the companies. Those who oppose the projects are asking that the resources allocated to both projects are used for hospitals and to purchase supplies and personal protective equipment for healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But what about Santa Lucía? Maybe they do agree with the project.

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U.S. authorities will inspect Mexican tomatoes

Mexican officials are worried because, in May, U.S. authorities will inspect Mexican tomatoes. The situation is worrying because it will take place amid a pandemic and because the details are still unknown. The last thing they want is to have many trucks waiting to cross into the U.S. while U.S. authorities inspect the produce So we’ll have to wait and hope that the Trump administration doesn't use the issue to attack trade with Mexico. 

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