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Taskforce Welcomed to Curb Excess Local Government Control

Taskforce Welcomed to Curb Excess Local Government Control

22 JULY 2014
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The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s announcement at the LGNZ conference in Nelson to establish a 'Rules Reduction Taskforce'.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“From pensioners getting prosecuted for pruning trees on their property, to Nelson City Council’s recent decision to ban sugary drinks, local government rules and regulations are getting out of control.”

“There is an irony that while the nation’s mayors are gathered in Nelson for cocktails and canapés paid for by ratepayers, the local council is passing new rules to ban an innocent can of coke at events like the Christmas parade.”

“It’s high time the Government introduced such a measure to reign in the local government sector. Without it they’ll soon be banning the sugar in our coffee."

ENDS

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