Brazil’s Temer boosts infrastructure spending as graft scandal deepens

Peace and Freedom

Reuters

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By Ricardo Brito | BRASILIA

Brazil’s government has sharply increased spending in local infrastructure projects proposed by lawmakers, according to budget data reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday, as a graft scandal threatens to topple President Michel Temer.

Federal spending on infrastructure works and other projects this year sponsored by congressmen for their constituencies jumped to 5.2 billion reais ($1.57 billion) in June, up from 959 million reais the month before, the data showed.

The increase in spending comes at a time when Temer is facing charges with taking bribes in connection with a graft scheme involving the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA. Company executives said in plea-bargain testimony that the…

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