By Morris Aron
Besides, is the incremental approach to budget size adopted by every Finance minister good for the economy in the long run?
Uhuru Kenyatta ushered in the era of trillion shilling budget. And since then, there has been no turning back, with successive finance ministers looking to break this record.
But analysts say that expansion of the fiscal policy, while tax collection remains stagnant is not sustainable in the long run.
Hope now lies with tax regime reforms, which seeks to broaden the tax bracket.
These are the questions in many analysts’ minds after parliamentary budget committee tabled its report for debate.
According to the report by the Parliamentary Budget Committee, headed by Elias Mbau, the widening gap between the budget policy statement and the printed estimates indicate that technocrats at Treasury have abandoned short, medium and long-term projects in favour of political expediency.
“It is not clear why the fiscal framework has changed significantly and if the budget policy statement actually is in touch with the 2012/13 Budget,” notes the report.
“The estimates contained in the budget policy statement, the vision 2030 and strategic plans for various ministries shows indicates the ‘business as usual’ approach to budgeting remains deeply entrenched in the executive.”
The report indicates that there is a Sh197 billion difference between the budget policy statement and the printed estimates.