Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
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''And I've just paid off my student loan, don't want to do that again.'' He thought the Government tackled the right areas. ''I reckon John Key is doing a good job as he is.'' It would not change his vote. Caroline Kinvig: ''I think something's got be done. We can't keep borrowing money without putting something back. That's just ordinary economics.'' Mrs Kinvig said the Budget would not swing her vote. Leon McDonald: Is a worker and said he thought ''something had to be done'' and Christchurch needed help rebuilding. Mr McDonald said the Government spends too much money on itself, including hundreds of thousands of dollars on new cars. He would probably not change his vote. David Nokes: ''In general I think it's a good idea, I've got nothing against what they have done.'' His daughter will soon be on Working for Families. Mr Nokes said the Budget would not change his vote. The Kapiti Observer asked Kapiti residents what they thought of the budget and if it would swing their vote. Hurting people or big step up? By TASHA BLACK Kapiti politicians played tit for tat as the Budget was unveiled on Thursday. Dubbed the zero budget , the Gov- ernment has included cuts to Working for Families and KiwiSaver; a $1 billion cut to the public service sector; and partial state asset sales of energy companies and Air New Zealand. Otaki MP Nathan Guy welcomed the Budget, calling it a big step forward in getting the economy back on track. But Labour s Kris Faafoi, the Mana MP, said there was nothing in the Budget to promote growth or jobs or lift incomes. Mr Guy said the economy would pick up strongly, with 170,000 new jobs expected across the country over the next four years. We can expect to see many of these jobs in Kapiti and Horowhenua. Major infrastructure such as Kapiti Airport, the Levin to Wellington Air- port Road of National Significance, including Transmission Gully, a new school in Waikanae, and the rolling-out of rural broadband would all help. Mr Guy said there would be $16 million in new funding for Capital Coast District Health Board and $1.4 billion would be spent on education over the next four years, including an increase of about 3 per cent in oper- ational funding for schools. He blamed Labour for leaving National with a disastrous set of financial problems and said the Government also had to deal with a global financial crisis and two devas- tating earthquakes in Christchurch. Changes to KiwiSaver were minor and would keep the scheme affordable and Working for Families will become better targeted towards those in need, he said. The majority of families currently receiving this will get an increase in their payment from 1 April 2012, while a number of higher income families will receive less or no longer qualify. I think most people will agree this is a sensible move. But Mr Faafoi said cuts to KiwiSaver and Working for Families would hurt low and middle-income families, and those struggling to make ends meet would only find things harder. National is seeking to balance the books on the backs of New Zealand families who are already struggling. There is nothing to promote growth in this Budget. There s nothing for jobs or to lift incomes. There is no plan and no ideas. This Budget hurts but it doesn t help. Selling off assets would leave New Zealanders worse off, he said. Any new capital spending, like new hospital equipment or new schools, will be dependent on the sale of assets. That s not a plan, it s a broken promise. Mr Faafoi said the budget does nothing to address the real problems facing the country, such as high debt, low wages, low productivity, high unemployment and poor economic growth.
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