Brazil government will use lotteries to fund security
The government's expectation is to increase the amount passed on to the National Public Security Fund by 25 percent.
The federal government of Brazil will reimburse part of the resources of the sports lotteries administered by the Federal Savings Bank, currently destined for sports, to public safety, based on a provisional measure signed on Monday by President Michel Temer, along with the sanction of the law that creates the Single Public Security System.
The government's expectation is to increase the amount passed on to the National Public Security Fund by 25 percent this year and by 60 percent over the next five years.
According to the Minister of Public Security, Raul Jungmann, this year the Fund will receive another 800 million reais. By 2019, the estimate is 1.7 billion reais more destined to the Fund from the lottery, and by 2022, this amount should reach 4.3 billion reais.
The government's justification is that public safety needs are at present greater than those of Sport, which are the original beneficiaries of lottery resources.
"Much of the sport's resources were related to the Olympics and the World Cup. What will be redistributed corresponds to one more resource that was put to these events," Jungmann said.
As of this year, all lotteries - a total of nine - will be part of the funds passed on to the FNSP and the National Penitentiary Fund. Starting next year, Lotex's resources - the instant lottery is known as a scratch card - which has been created but not yet implemented, will be fully passed on to security.
According to Jungmann, the system will require targets and state data in exchange for resources.
"I now have substantial resources to pass on to the states, but it was too little to be able to demand from the state a set of goals," the minister said. "The state that does not pass me information, which does not establish protocols, will not receive resources. Everyone will have to work together."
The government should also create, by provisional measure, two other institutions. The National Institute of Public Security will establish a methodology for collecting data on violence and be fed by the states so that the country has consolidated figures on crime in the country. The National School of Public Security, which intends to train managers for the area.