Free Press 4/05/2015

Cycleways Appearing on the Paul Henry show this morning talking about cycleways, Green MP Julie Ann Genter claimed the Greens had achieved more spending than any of National’s confidence and supply partners. We love cycleways too. They are one of the more successful small-scale initiatives of the past few years. But doesn’t the comment speak volumes? Success in politics is all about grabbing the most money taken from taxpayers and spending it? That’s not a view ACT shares.

National needs to stop acting casual about RMA reform

ACT is challenging the government to give up on small-time interventions like HomeStart and special housing areas, and instead take RMA reform seriously.

“Let’s bypass unproductive debate over ad-hoc market interventions like HomeStart, capital gains taxes, speculation restrictions, and special housing areas and instead focus on real reform," said ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Failure to comprehensively reform the RMA will ensure house prices continue to skyrocket, and force more New Zealanders out of the housing market and into rental accommodation.

True cost of transport plan revealed

Central and local government must both take responsibility for the shock caused by a planned rate increase and new transport levy, says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.

“Central government must get real and allow Auckland Council to replace the transport levy with smarter transport pricing, such as time-sensitive motorway tolls, tuned to ease rush-hour congestion without encouraging detours through suburban corridors.

Free Press 28/04/2015

A Programme of Phased Cuts in Company Tax Over-taxing mobile capital is not a good idea – not if you want jobs and higher wages anyway. Last week the ACT Leader announced a plan for a programme of phased reductions in the company tax rate, with one percentage point per year reductions in the company tax rate for eight years, to a target of 20%. He said Budget 2015 should be signalling continuous improvement in our business environment, and this proposal does that.

ACT’s plan to boost wages

ACT Leader David Seymour is proposing a programme of one per cent per year reductions in the company tax rate.

Company tax would drop by a percentage point each year for eight years, to a target of 20%.

“In Budget 2015, the Government should be signalling continuous improvement in our business environment, and this proposal does that,” said Mr Seymour.

ACT’s proposal would reduce revenue by around $170-180 million each year, which could be funded by a share of existing planned net expenditure growth and the phase-out of existing corporate welfare.

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