Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Copper Law proposal

Under the direction of Defense Minister (and longtime part of RN's leadership) Andrés Allamand, the Piñera administration is proposing a bill to end the Copper Law in Chile, which gives 10% of sales to the armed forces. The Concertación repeatedly tried and failed to do so from 1990 to 2010.

Now the legislative battle centers on creating a budget floor for the military, which some within the Concertación oppose. The floor is what helps make it palatable to the pro-military right. I find it hard to believe that this would be a deal breaker for the center-left, though, because the Copper Law has a very high symbolic value. Nonetheless, I have no idea what the vote count looks like. Piñera sent a reform bill to the legislature just over a year ago that died out.


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