When the government is faced with a budget crisis, a gas station might just have a solution.
It may not be the most appealing option, but there’s a gasolina degasola that can be bought for less than $1 per gallon, and you can even order a bottle for $2.25.
A few months ago, the Venezuelan government decided to allow small- and medium-sized businesses to sell gasoline at competitive prices, because of the government’s dire finances.
This is the kind of thing that government-sponsored small businesses do when they can’t pay the bills.
But with the economy struggling and the government running out of money, that plan appears to be dead on arrival.
Instead, the new rule requires that any business selling gasoline have a permit from the government, and is meant to help businesses in the oil-rich country pay for the goods they buy.
In addition, any business that sells gasoline must also pay a fee of $1.50 per gallon for each gallon of gasoline it sells.
And it’s not just for small businesses.
All businesses are also required to pay a $1 fee per gallon if they want to sell any type of gas.
Businesses can also sell gasoline directly to consumers, so long as the business is able to produce the gas themselves and the customer pays the fee.
All that means that for the first time, the Government of Venezuela has given small businesses the option of selling gasoline for less money than the cost of buying it directly from the Government.
And in some cases, the money the government pays to businesses will go toward paying for the fuel itself.
This might be the best news that has come out of the crisis, and it might make it harder for the Maduro administration to blame businesses for the economic woes it is having.
But it’s also a step backwards for Venezuela, which was already suffering from severe shortages of basic goods, and which desperately needs more government revenue to pay its debts.
The government is also asking the private sector to help pay for its gas-related expenses.
The move could be seen as an attempt to force the private businesses that are already struggling to pay the bill, to start taking on more of the burden, and eventually to make up for the shortfall.
The plan has its critics, including a prominent economist who has called it a bailout for private businesses.
“I think it’s a huge misstep.
It’s not going to bring the country out of its current situation,” said Rafael Gómez, who has written extensively on Venezuela.
“I think the government will end up with a lot of debt because of this,” he added, “and if the government does that, then the public will be left behind, because the economy will have to pay more for these goods.”
Gómes is one of many critics who have called the plan a bailout to the private gas companies.
He also worries that if the gas industry does not pay, the Maduro government will have no money left to pay other debts.
“If they don’t pay, we can’t go back to the kind that we had before, when the country was in bad shape,” he said.
The plan has not gone over well with the business community, who have taken to Twitter to criticize the plan.
“The Maduro government is sending a signal to all businesses that they can no longer rely on the government to pay off their debts,” one tweet read.
“It’s not a new idea; it’s simply the new way to make business work.”
“We have a crisis in Venezuela, but that’s a problem that needs to be addressed,” said Ana Guariglia, president of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises.
“Gasoline is a necessity for all small and medium enterprises and we need to pay what we owe.”
The government has not released a detailed budget plan for 2017, but has announced a slew of initiatives aimed at encouraging economic growth, including an increase in the minimum wage and more subsidized food.