The Budget – still don’t care


Family Income Package:

The government has allocated $2 billion a year for a family package which includes increasing tax thresholds and scrapping the Independent Earning tax credit. Students receiving an allowance from the government will get up to an extra $20 a week for accommodation benefits.

What this means:

Working for Families Family Tax Credits will rise by $9.25 a week for a first child under 16, and between $17.75 and $26.81 for other children. But payments will abate earlier and more quickly.

Adjustments to income tax thresholds will deliver $11 a week for workers on more than $22,000 and at least $20 more for those earning more than $52,000.

And pork

Public Services:

Some $7 billion has been allocated over the next four years to “sustain and expand” public services, including $3.9 billion for the health sector, $1.76 billion of that for district health boards. Education receives $1.1 billion and law and order initiatives will get an extra $1.2 billion.


Infrastructure initiatives have been allocated $4 billion in new capital spending in the budget. SH1 – north and south of Kaikoura gets $812 million and $450 million has been made available for rail infrastructure and rolling stock for KiwiRail’s freight business.

Business Growth Agenda:

Some $372.8 for the second round of the government’s Innovative NZ programme has been made available over the next four years, including $203 million for science and innovation and $132.1 for tertiary education, skills and employment.

Steve Joyce has given himself a very nice slush fund.  He has always been a fan of slapping other people’s money into business bank accounts where shareholders reap the rewards and the taxpayers get…. nothing at all.

That said, this isn’t really a budget that keeps National voters loyal.  For that we need more police, prisons and immigration controls, among other things.



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