First it was a repeal of tax cuts, now Little is talking about tax hikes!

Andrew Little said that he would repeal the budget tax cuts.

Now he has come out suggesting that Labour will hit us all with tax hikes.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the Budget has changed the landscape and he cannot rule out increasing taxes after saying two months ago no tax hikes were planned.

Little said the Budget had changed things and Labour was going back to the drawing board to look at the numbers before it set out its full policy in “some weeks”.  

Asked if that meant he was now considering tax increases, Little said he did not want to discuss details until Labour had worked out its policy package and how to fund it.

“What we have said is that before the Budget, every pledge, every promise we’ve made we can fund out of existing tax revenue. That landscape has changed. We now have to go back and have a look.”

A few months out from an election and neither he nor Grant Robertson know whether they are Arthur or Martha. Fit to govern? I don’t think so.

He said Labour and the Greens had also signed up to fiscal responsibility rules: “We are not going to write cheques we cannot cash.

Cough, cough, bullshit. Labour always writes cheques they can’t cash. As a side note…what is a cheque?

“There is more revenue, but we have a set of priorities that we are totally committed to doing.”

He said Labour’s fiscal plan would mean Labour could achieve its social goals but also be responsible.

In March, Little said Labour did not intend to raise taxes in its first term, telling the nation tax revenue was higher than expected and Labour could fund its commitments from that.

However, he also said Labour would “finely calibrate” its tax policy after the Budget to take into account National’s tax changes.

He said Labour’s priorities were in housing, health and education.

Looks like those voting Labour will be voting for tax increases.

-NZ Herald

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