Left Turn

Sri Lanka will start a march towards big government under a new left leaning president soon. Sri Lanka will start a march towards big government under a new left leaning president soon. More state jobs and higher investment to undercapitalised business ventures will add to fiscal pressure.

Similar circumstances forced the government to print money last year driving up inflation at the sametime.

Throwing good tax payer money behind bad policy can be disastrous for any government, especially one as badly cash strapped as Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s budget, is tight by any standard.

It has averaged over nine percent deficits in the last five years, a level that is not sustainable for any country even a very rich one.

Fresh estimates show this year’s deficit will surpass eight percent from an original estimate of seven and a half percent or exactly one percent more than budget.

Much of the increased spending was donor financed and related to repairing tsunami damage and helping affected people.

Budget deficit excluding tsunami related spending for instance was lower than the origina