Excélsior took a detailed look at the budget plan presented by Carstens yesterday, discovering that it would slice about $2 billion from various security agencies (I'm not sure exactly how Mérida would fit into that, but I guess the hope would be that the aid could partially make for those cut), while economic and social development agencies will see an increase of about $12 billion. Cutting security spending is perhaps a bit worrying, depending on how those cuts are distributed, but I've never thought that Mexico's primary security barrier was a lack of funding.
The extra money for development spending is encouraging, although unfortunately it is accompanied by a $4 billion cut in education. As with security, improving education is not merely (or even primarily) a matter of spending more, but as an indicator of governmental priorities, such a cut is worrying. Education may be an easy place to decrease spending during a budget crisis, but as El Universal pointed out earlier this week, improving Mexico's educational system is a must for Mexico to become a world economic power around the middle of this century. As long as it remains perennially low on Mexican leaders' list of priorities, the "demographic bonus" will be a dud.