social pensions in Jalisco (update)

I previously reported, here and here, that the government of Jalisco (Mexico) from 2012 was providing residents from age 70 with a top-up of the universal minimum pension provided by the federal government.

This ‘fact’ was widely reported in the press, but is patently false. From May of 2007, Jalisco provided residents aged 70 years and older with a means-tested social pension. Although the facts are murky, it appears that the state government now provides no social pensions of any kind to residents. Federal benefits in this instance have crowded out state benefits.

It is very difficult to know what is happening at the state level in Mexico. I think that I now have the facts straight, and hope to provide a summary report soon.

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