No new taxes, except the two that aren’t. And then we don’t know where the money goes. No, it’s not Labour launching policy
Partial transcript from The Nation:
When political editor Patrick Gower talked with Finance Minister Bill English yesterday, he began by asking if National had misled voters.
Bill English: No, we didn’t. The airport levy is a user charge. And across government, we have user charges for all sorts of things. We’ve been changing, for instance, the charge on passports. I don’t think anyone would suggest that that’s a new tax. And in this case, we’ve got demand at the border – lots more people turning up. It’s a problem of success. We’ve got biosecurity risks, and so we’ve taken the opportunity to shift the cost from the taxpayer to the user.
Patrick Gower: So it’s a charge at the airport, so every cent of that will go back to airport security. Is that what you’re saying? Every cent of that, just like a passport charge, because that’s what a charge is?
Well, that’s yet to be seen just exactly where it all goes, but the users are certainly going— Read more »