Why are we wasting money on corporate welfare?

Hawkes Bay Today

Hawke’s Bay companies are leading the way in a high-value programme that has received an $11million government boost and provides opportunities for beef and dairy farmers.

Brownrigg Agriculture Group and marketers Firstlight Foods are producing marbled beef for premium markets in New Zealand and overseas.

Ministry for Primary Industries director-general Wayne McNee yesterday announced funding for the programme through the government’s Primary Growth Partnership.

The partnership has committed $11 million during seven years, for a programme worth $23.7 million.

Hasn’t anyone noticed times are tough? Or thought that National doesn’t believe in subsidies? Or that by giving $11m to some bludging farmers National is open to criticism from the left who can say “National has $11m for its cronies but wants to make poor solo mums go back to work rather than pay them the benefit?”

Crony capitalism is bad. It is worse when the party of free enterprise funds its cronies. And doubly worse when it gives opposition parties a free hit.

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