Bridges' handout sees taxpayers fork out $600 each for tourists to run a race
Simon Bridges has announced a second $300,000 non-refundable taxpayer grant to the Tarawera ultramarathon, apparently to attract only 500 international visitors in what must be one of the most ridiculous examples of corporate welfare to date.
Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says, “Simon Bridges must love international visitors in active wear. What else would explain his bizarre decision to subsidise $600 per runner on a third rate ultramarathon?”
“This is yet another example of the government throwing cash at a pet project that should be self-funded. A subsidy of $600 per international visitor is a disgraceful use of taxpayer money."
"The tax relief package announced last month doesn't even make up for income tax bracket creep since 2010. Ridiculous expenditure like this announced today shows that this Government chooses to waste money instead of allowing Kiwis to keep more of what they earn.”