Election month cost taxpayers dearly

The government spent €191 million more in March than during the equivalent month in 2021, the National Statistics Office said on Friday. This added expenditure came during the same month as the general elections that returned Labour to power for the next five years.

According to the NSO statistics, the government spent a total of €641 million last month compared to €450 million in March 2021.

According to the statistics office, the largest increase in the country’s spending last month was related to ‘programmes and initiatives – a diplomatic term used by the statistics office to describe the cheques distributed to the electorate just a week before the election.

The government’s vote-buying initiative has cost a total of €74 million in both ‘economic stimulus’ and ‘tax refunds’ cheques, according to the NSO. The money pumped into people’s pockets on the eve of the polls was funded by additional borrowing by the government.

In fact, according to the NSO, although the economy is clearly recovering and less money is being spent on the pandemic, the government increased its debt by almost €400 million during the first three months of the year, reaching a record €8.5 billion by the end of last month.

At the same time, although the annual deficit is being slowly reduced thanks to more income tax and VAT revenue, the government is still spending like there’s no tomorrow, with the deficit still at record highs.

Earlier this week, The Shift reported that last year, Malta recorded the highest deficit among the EU Member States.

Apart from an EU warning that the situation is unsustainable in the medium to long term, Central Bank Governor, disgraced former finance minister Edward Scicluna, cautioned about the need for the administration not to lose sight of the growing deficit that increased during his term in office to new levels now.

In the meantime, the government’s spending frenzy appears unabated and it’s declared that it will be pumping millions of euros into Enemalta to help it keep to current electricity prices despite the fuel crisis affecting the whole of Europe. Additional millions are being spent to keep fuel pump prices at current levels.

                           
                               
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Noel Ciantar
Noel Ciantar
12 days ago

Motorists should be aware that everytime they fill up at the pump, the nozzle they insert into their fuel tank is linked at one end to the government tax revenue and at another to the national debt. I think the pump should tell motorists the amount of tax collected and the amount of national debt accumulated with each fill.

Godfrey Leone Ganado
12 days ago

So, the famous boasting of surpluses and reduction of the National Debt, has gone into silent mode, because the situation has boomeranged, and we are now facing the highest ever deficits, and the highest ever National Debt. And this, despite oil prices on the spot market, being still much lower than they were during the 2008 international recession, which the Gonzi PN beat hands down.
So now we had the Government borrowing, to pay the cheques for votes. That means that we or our children and grandchildren will have to pay it back.
As regards expected grants of hundreds of millions to Air Malta, this is another expected boost to increase further, the National Debt to even higber unprecedented levels. One must perforce question once again, why the company has not yet filed with the Malta Business Registry, the audited accounts for 2019 and 2020, with 2021 filing already round the corner.
As regards the cost of fuel and gas for Enemalta, to keep the electricity bills discounted, the Government has to pay extra hundreds of millions to Electrogas as a ‘reverse pass through transaction’, to be filtered down to the ultimate beneficial owners, GEM holdings, Siemens and SOCAR, plus obviously some leakage of commissions to 17 Black and Macbridge.
Yet, in this situation, we are still waiting for the following audited accounts to be filed with the Malta Business Registry:
– Electrogas 2020
– Enemalta 2019 and 2020
– EGM holdings 2018, 2019 and 2020
– Enemalta is owned 2/3 by the Government, and 1/3 by SEP Holdings, the Chinese company.
Robert Abela – truly ‘Futur Sabih’.

Carmelo Borg
12 days ago

Il marda kronika tal MONEY NO PROBLEM ghija kbira Hawn Malta. U iva issa ihalsu ta warajna

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