The Federal Deputy of Brazil, Pompeo de Mattos believes his country will be in a position to generate the requisite finances by taxing organised games of chance to counter the ongoing challenge of the COVID-19 crisis.
In the coming weeks, he concluded, the large number of gambling and betting bills in Brazil only need the executive branch’s political will and the tourism sector to pass the chambers. That will establish a new legal fund for the country’s economy to recover, adding to health and education programs.
He said: “It’s a perfectly possible, viable and necessary alternative to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus crisis. The Chamber is willing to approve the project, all that we need is that President Jair Bolsonaro and the Tourism Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio give the green light.”
In an interview with local radio station Spaço, the deputy stressed that the best project would be one that would require casinos, bingos, and Jogo do Bicho. He also provided guarantees that the project could be included in the Deputies’ agenda within 10 days, and that the approval could be immediate given several debates on the plan.
He added: “It’s possible that this happens after the pandemic because gambling in the country would help increase, improve and give oxygen. It would also generate taxes, income for the government and it would help us recover the economy, it would create jobs,” he added.
In recent years, Matos has defended the industry’s legalisation in the Chamber of Deputies, and also authored Bill 6405/2009 creating a municipal lottery based on the Jogo do Bicho, a very common game that still exists outside of the legal framework.