The Government’s budget for 2019 continues a disturbing trend and vision for Guyana’s future. Despite promising “a good life” for Guyanese, the budget continues to shape a future in which the government is not accountable to taxpayers, where corruption and political nepotism are entrenched, and future oil revenues benefit only the governing political class. More troubling is that taxpayers’ money is used to pay for the government’s priorities at the expense of their own livelihood and success. Fortunately, there are common sense policies that can make the economy work for everyone and put it on a sustainable path.
Taxes represent our collective effort to support core public services and institutions critical for building a robust economy and successful communities. The Budget & Policy Institute works to promote a tax system that not only provides sufficient resources, but is fair and progressive where everyone pays their fair share while collectively caring for those who are less fortunate.