Treasury says spending will be increased next year with pay hike for public servants and more money for public investment

In the first in a series leading up to the November budget this week we take a closer look at government expenditure. In the first in a series leading up to the November budget this week we take a closer look at government expenditure. Treasury says spending will be increased next year with pay hike for public servants and more money for public investment.

However, government revenue is only expected to climb marginally from the current 15 percent of GDP level.

Analysts say unless government puts a cap on pork barrel politics and commits to reforms, deficit targets may prove unrealistic.

Most ordinary people agree that inflation pick-up was beginning to bite.

Last Friday, main Opposition UNP organized a protest rally against the rising cost of living.

In a country used to government intervention in every area of life, finding people to protest the rising cost of living is not a difficult thing.

People believe it is the government’s job is to give relief to people.

Politicians are only too happy to reinforce this view when in Opposition.
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overnments in power also try to meet voter expectations