Stop Saying “There’s Not Enough Money”

“There’s not enough money” is a refrain the social services, education, and health sectors have heard for far too long to justify chronic underfunding. It’s simply not true.

Our politicians say they can’t afford to give essential services the funding they need to provide the necessities of life for the people of New Zealand. What they are really doing is choosing to direct funds elsewhere. Continue reading

Three Cheers for Tax and Spend!

Our Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce cries “tax and spend” like it’s a bad thing. But that makes no sense. What other option does a government have?

Tax is virtually the only source of income for our government and is used to pay for the things we all benefit from; the justice system, transport, education, health, social security, science and innovation, trade development, even Mr Joyce’s own salary and that of the departments he is responsible for. Personal taxes provide the largest portion of this income. Continue reading