Fiscal Deficit Up 70% in Costa Rica

In the first eight months of 2010 the deficit totaled $997 million, 70% more than the same period of 2009, as a result of stagnant revenue and increased spending.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

State revenues are still below 2008 levels, and spending has increased considerably, mainly in salaries, social programs and pensions.

Between January and August 2010, revenues summed $3.35 billion while expenses $4.3 billion, mostly in salaries, social programs, pensions, scholarships, the special fund for tertiary education, road repairs and municipalities.

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The 10% increase in revenues will offset the 9.5% increase in central government spending, leaving the fiscal deficit at 3.5% of GDP, slightly below the October 2012 cumulative.

A statement from the Ministry of Finance reads:

Government deficit to October is slightly lower than in the same period last year

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Greece had a 13% fiscal deficit and made the world tremble. Costa Rica’s deficit could reach 10% by the end of 2011.

Heads of households know it well, but authorities sometimes forget: you shall not spend more than you earn; a sacred rule for good management and honesty. Because it’s very easy to spend without reserve on election year, and pass onto the next government a serious problem, one almost impossible to solve without heavy social tension. Just check out what’s going on in the streets of Greece right now.

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