Brazil finance minister says welfare plan may require fiscal waiver

By Marcela Ayres and Ricardo Brito BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil’s economy minister opened the door on Wednesday to a one-off breach of a constitutional spending cap to pay for a bigger welfare program proposed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes made his comments after financial markets closed. They appeared to contradict Bolsonaro’s assurances, hours earlier, that Brazil could more than double payouts of its main welfare program without stretching the strict fiscal rules. “Yesterday we decided to raise the old ‘Bolsa Familia’ to 400 reais, given that the emergency (pandemic) cash aid is coming to an end,” Bolsonaro