Over the last five years, taxpayers funded more than $1.1 trillion in government spending, each year pumping more money into the government coffers than the previous year. Despite this, taxpayers received less and less in return. The government was simply unable to use taxpayers’ money to improve the economy and create opportunities for families and businesses to succeed. Moreover, its budget and policies undermined growth and began to reverse decades of positive economic momentum and social and economic progress. Government officials must start making better investment decisions to ensure taxpayers get a good return for their hard-earned dollars.
Our country is diverse, blessed with an abundance of natural resources, strategically located, and full of untapped potentials. Yet, far too many hard working Guyanese live in poverty, cannot afford to send their children to school or invest in their future, have low-paying jobs, and are less hopeful about ever escaping the vicious cycle of poverty. Through our analyses of employment, incomes, and overall economic security, the Budget and Policy Institute seeks to highlight policies or a lack thereof that may be contributing to such poor outcomes and potential policy approaches for helping low- and middle-income Guyanese to succeed.