Bad news for Len’s tolls plan


The government has poured cold water on Len Brown’s jacked up solution for paying for his monuments via road tolls.

Lenny clearly wasn’t listening when John Key said he could have his rail loop but only if four conditions were met. One of those was no tolls.

The Government has rejected two proposals for getting Auckland road users to pay for an estimated $12 billion shortfall in funding for roading projects.

The first proposal – suggested by a think-tank commissioned by Auckland mayor Len Brown – involved ongoing higher rates paired with fuel tax increases of 3.5 cents annually and the second included higher public transport fares and charges to use existing roads. 

The Government rejected the proposals when in draft form in April and the stance has been reiterated by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, Radio New Zealand reports.

“It doesn’t appear that they have heard some of the views of the Government – particularly on tolling of existing roads and then the somewhat perplexing idea that you can raise revenue by reducing traffic through congestion charging,” Mr Brownlee said.

“I don’t think that those two things are compatible and I don’t think it’s a particularly secure way to go about looking at future funding.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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