According to the government’s own projections, the Three Waters debt will only grow over time. We will never escape it and eventually it will tear the country apart.
This article continues a series by THOMAS CRANMER, the pseudonym adopted by a legal analyst who has been carefully dissecting the Three Waters legislation. He writes:
The financing of Three Waters has been almost entirely overlooked by financial analysts and media commentators despite the fact that the massive debt required to fund the planned shakeup of our water infrastructure could be as risky for the nation’s finances as Muldoon’s Think Big projects of the 1970s-80s.
Research provided to the government has calculated that between $120bn to $185bn in investment is needed to maintain and improve New Zealand’s water infrastructure. What has been left mostly unsaid is exactly how much of this will be funded by debt and how it will be repaid.
The information we do have, however, is hardly reassuring. Government documents show the debt will keep growing and there are no plans for it to be repaid in the foreseeable future. It is effectively perpetual debt on a massive scale. Continue reading “Thomas Cranmer: Three Waters and the Debt that will tear us apart” →
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While Shane Jones was distributing his latest serving of public funds to causes in the Far North, a New Zealand First colleague was showing that veterans haven’t been forgotten in The Great Covid Handout.
Ron Mark, Minister for Veterans Affairs, announced the Coalition Government has approved a one-off grant of $2.53 million for the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and – in a separate statement – said 11 further declarations of operational service have been made. This means those who took part in those deployments will qualify for support and services from Veterans’ Affairs.
While the money-dispensing ministers were focused on different constituencies, another minister was announcing world-breaking news.
Our government became the first in the world to outline a set of standards to guide the use of algorithms by public agencies when Statistics Minister James Shaw launched the Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand. The aim is to give New Zealanders confidence that data is being used safely and effectively across government.
The charter has been signed by 21 agencies, including the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Education, the Department of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, and Inland Revenue. Continue reading “Algorithm charter (with a Maori perspective embedded) is a world first while banking become NZ’s first sector committed to a living wage” →
Forget about the poor people, at least for the next few minutes while you digest this post, and consider the plight of the middle classes.
Correction: let’s not forget about the poor people but, rather, think about the extent to which the middle classes are becoming impoverished.
These musings were triggered by a press release we received today headed governments must act to help struggling middle class, says OECD.
The press statement draws attention to a new OECD report which says Governments need to do more to support middle-class households who are struggling to maintain their economic weight and lifestyles as their stagnating incomes fail to keep up with the rising costs of housing and education.
Among the actions recommended – shifting the tax burden from labour income to income from capital and capital gains, property and inheritance, as well as making income taxes more progressive and fair. Continue reading “Capital gains tax among the measures suggested by OECD to ease the plight of the middle classes” →