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.


National Party infighting costs households $1200

BY ACT at 23 March, 2018


 

“Comments by former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman show that National cannot be trusted to cut taxes when it returns to Government”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Mr Coleman made clear there are many National MPs who support even greater government spending instead of returning money to those who earned it.

 

“Last year’s PREFU showed the National Government had boosted its bank balance by overtaxing New Zealanders to the tune of $2.1 billion,


ACT Forces Tobacco Tax Backdown

BY ACT at 15 March, 2018


 

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Associate Health Minister’s backdown on tobacco taxes.

 

“Just two weeks ago, Jenny Salesa was neglecting her basic ministerial duties by not answering written parliamentary questions on tobacco taxes. I had to highlight this in a press release in order to get some answers.

 

“She eventually answered by saying she didn’t believe smokers were paying too much tax, she hadn’t asked for advice on


Cut Corporate Welfare Before Going After ‘Rich Pricks’

BY ACT at 14 March, 2018


 

“The Government should be focussed on reducing wasteful spending before introducing new taxes”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“$1.6 billion of corporate welfare is doled out to politically-connected businesses each year. If Grant Robertson was able to do away with this expenditure, he would be able to cut the corporate tax rate by 6 percentage points – boosting wages, jobs, and growth – rather than increasing it as he intends.

 

“The outcome


Govt Fails to Protect Tobacco Retailers, Punishes Poor

BY ACT at 1 February, 2018


 

“The Government has continued the Nats’ weak approach to protecting tobacco retailers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government collects $1.7 billion per year in tobacco tax itself, and $1.9 billion when GST is included. This amount is forecast to grow to $2.2 billion by 2021.

 

“Stuart Nash is returning only $1.8 million, or 0.1% of revenue, to those business owners at most-risk of being robbed, assaulted or even murdered.

 

“Mr