Budget of the Mogilev region, first Quarter 2011
Revenues of the consolidated budget of the Mogilev region during the first quarter of 2011 amounted to Br 1034.7 billion, while the expenditure budget equaled to Br 998.3 billion.
65.8% or Br 656.7 billion of the consolidated regional budget was allocated to cover the priority expenses (wages with charges, medicines and medical products, food products, the current budget transfers to population, subsidies, housing organizations, utilities, debt service payments by local authorities and government).
In the first four months of the year the regional budget has minimal surplus. The ongoing financial crisis started in April and therefore it did not have a significant impact on the reported budget figures. At the same time the financial crisis will affect the second quarter of this year and significant deficit of the regional budget is expected. Indeed, it will also affect the decision of the Russian Federation to raise export duties on oil products. First of all, it will impact the chemical and textile cluster of Mogilev (Mogilevchimvolokno, Mogotex).
The country's leadership has instructed the local authorities to raise minimum wages at enterprises by the end of 2019 to BYN 1,000, which would lead to an increase in the average wage in the economy as a whole to BYN 1 500. The pace of wage growth in 2017 is insufficient to ensure payroll at BYN 1000 by late 2017 without manipulating statistical indicators. In order to fulfil the president’s order, the government would have to increase budgetary expenditures on wages in healthcare and education, enterprises – to carry out further layoffs and expand the practice of taking loans to pay wages and restrict investment in modernisation of fixed assets. In 2010, the artificial increase in wages led to a threefold devaluation in 2011, an increase in the average salary to BYN 1500 will not match the capabilities of the economy and would lead to yet another devaluation.