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Brazil softens budget deficit goals through 2020

Brazil’s government loosened its budget targets for all years through 2020 on Tuesday, delaying prospects for a drop in the federal deficit after legislators repeatedly refused to raise taxes in the recession-hit economy.

Cost-cutting measures were announced along with the new targets, in a bid to demonstrate President Michel Temer’s commitment to fiscal discipline even after his economic team cut forecasts for economic growth next year.

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