‘Tax and spend’ has been an unmitigated failure

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

Today is ‘Tax Freedom Day’. The year is already 35 percent complete and New Zealanders have only just paid their collective tax bill.

 

“The narrative leading up to Budget 2018 has been that we need to raise more money in taxes in order fund our public services – the narrative is wrong”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government could choose to cut billions in wasteful spending before it decides to hit


What Bridges should have said on taxes and spending

BY ACT at 11 April, 2018


 

“Simon Bridges’ interview with Stuff this morning sent the wrong message to voters who value freedom, choice, and limited government”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Mr Bridges should have publicly committed to reversing the coalition’s Provincial Growth Fund, its fees-free policy, and other big spending promises. He should also have guaranteed to raise the age of eligibility for superannuation.

 

“If he committed to this, ACT would deliver meaningful tax cuts with a top tax


Government’s working groups cost $16m

BY ACT at 10 April, 2018


 

“News of another government review highlights the growing cost of ‘review-itis’ infecting the Ardern-Peters administration”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

This morning Peeni Henare announced the appointment of a panel to review Whanau Ora.

 

“After accounting for fees, flights and accommodation, the average government review costs around $400,000. This Government has announced about 40 reviews, working groups, or panels.

 

“We can reasonably assume then that the taxpayer is on the hook


Free Press Monday 26 March -A Popular ACT Policy

BY ACT at 27 March, 2018


TAX, TAX, TAX

The Government’s legislation of a fuel tax in Auckland continues its weird habit of punishing the poorest New Zealanders. Just like Tobacco Taxes and Fees Free tertiary education, this policy is highly regressive. Poorer New Zealanders live further out so have longer commutes, drive older cars that use more fuel, and earn less income to cover fuel taxes with. They will be hurt by the Government that was supposed to help them.


Middlemore a prime example of public sector incompetence

BY ACT at 23 March, 2018


 

“So far, $11 million of operations, doctor’s appointments, and prescriptions have been lost thanks to incompetent government management by National and Labour”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Leaky building issues at Middlemore Hospital shows the problem with governments owning assets – they are poor managers of capital.

 

“This is a good lesson in property rights.

 

“Private owners of assets have strong financial incentives to maximise their value because they get the