Lobbyists Shouldn't Be Campaigning for More Taxes
Ratepayer Funded Lobbyists Shouldn't Be Campaigning for More
2 JULY 2014
Responding to the announcement that Auckland
councillor Penny Webster is Local Government NZ's review to
find more ways of taxing ratepayers,Taxpayers’ Union
Executive Director Jordan Williams says:
says that more money is needed for infrastructure, but
Auckland Council’s spending blowouts are on operational
expenditure such as staff and operations. If Auckland
Council needs more money, maybe it should be reviewing
whether all of the 811 staff earning more than $100,000 are
"Any alteration to the way local
authorities levy taxes ought to be a public discussion, not
one lead by publicly funded lobbyists, LGNZ."
of promoting the interests of ratepayers, we’ve found LGNZ
to be more interested in shielding the sector from scrutiny.
It is outrageous that New Zealand ratepayers are paying for
an organised campaign to increase the tax burden of local
© Scoop Media
Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>