When the Budget was released yesterday, I quickly pulled together two tables of information, one about where government was getting money from, and the other about where government was spending money.
The breakdown of revenue was available directly from the government’s own budget fact sheet. This table simply puts the information in a plainer form.
The breakdown of expenditure is a little more difficult to put together. Government only releases the total expenditure on welfare in its fact sheet. To get the values for individual benefits, you have to go to the detailed information in Vote Social Development, released under “The Estimates of Appropriations”.
What I find interesting is the number of times that each tweet was retweeted.
The tweet on where government was spending its money – retweeted 20 times.
But the tweet on where government was getting its money from? Only one person retweeted that.
So very few people are all that interested in where government revenue comes from, and yet it accounts for half the Budget. Tax alone accounts for 46% of the Budget.
My inner tax nerd is very sad.