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Jul 2, 2012

Comparative Analysis of 2011 vs. 2012 National Budget

The national budget for 2012-2013 was tabled in the House of Representatives last Friday; it is one of fiscal discipline says the Prime Minister. It also has a deficit of seventy-five point two million dollars. That translates into two point four percent which is the difference from total revenue of eight hundred and sixty-two million, six hundred and forty-three thousand, three hundred and sixty-six dollars and expenditure of nine hundred and thirty-seven million, eight hundred and fifty-seven thousand, three hundred and forty-seven dollars. G.D.P. is estimated at two percent. We have been crunching the numbers and tonight, we take a look at how the government ministries fared off. P.M. Dean Barrow says that the crushing crime wave is the government’s number one priority. The budget for the Ministry of National Security shows an aggregate total increase of four point zero-seven million dollars to fight crime in the year ahead. The good news is that the various police administration offices in the districts got increases; in Orange Walk the increase is three hundred and twenty thousand and in Belize City, where crime and violence is in epic proportions, the increase is only two hundred and four thousand dollars over last year. But police headquarters in the nation’s capital was hard hit, reducing by more than half a million dollars. Additionally, the allocation for the Belmopan police station went down by another two hundred and fifty three thousand dollars. As it relates to the forensic department, which everyone agrees needs strengthening, the budget was decreased by twenty-four thousand dollars. Also drastically reduced was the allocation for community policing, which went down by sixty-six thousand dollars while the resources for the gang suppression unit, went up fifty-five thousand dollars.

 

Turning to Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, which is the core ministry for the pro poor policies of the government.  There is an overall increase in its allocation but a number of its programmes came under the chopping block. The Youth Hostel lost ninety-six thousand dollars and the Women’s Department’s budget was cut by close to fifty-five thousand dollars. In education, Gwen Lizarraga High School was a huge casualty. Its budget was reduced by as much as two hundred and twelve thousand dollars while the cut at the Sadie Vernon High School is two hundred and forty eight thousand. Similarly, the Belize High School of Agriculture was also reduced by one hundred seventeen thousand dollars.

 

But there are some dramatic increases in other areas. Say the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; we note that the budget for the Mission to the United Nations in New York went up by a significant chunk as much as three hundred and ninety thousand dollars. In the same vein, the Embassy in San Salvador will be spending one hundred and eighteen thousand more and the Consulate in Los Angles even more by a hundred and eighty one thousand dollars and Miami, went up by close to fifty thousand dollars. We ran the numbers for the administration of justice, the judiciary’s budget improved slightly overall, but the allocation for the court of appeal went down by one hundred and forty seven thousand dollars. Click here for more on the comparative analysis of 2011 vs. 2012.

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1 Response for “Comparative Analysis of 2011 vs. 2012 National Budget”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    What no analysis show is the fact that all the revenue to be collected through taxation will not benefit Belizeans in our every day lives but benefit civil servants for wages and pensions and loans for doing redundant work. The total revenue pie depicts a hand of greed and inexperience while the expenditure pie shows narrow thought processes or non existing thinking in development of the country. Based on current fiscal measures, the GOB policies will cause Belize to remain in the economic abyss. What intelligent Belizeans cannot understand is why continue this mindset of failure in financial and economic affairs? Belize is continues to affirm it is a failed state. More gloom and doom to follow.

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