The Alliance is deluded if they think putting up taxes and piling costs onto business will create jobs in Gisborne, according to National candidate Matthew Parkinson.
“For a man who sees himself as the next Minister of Business Development, Jim Anderton has a lot to learn. If Anderton thinks penalising successful businesses by putting up taxes is going to create a single job in Gisborne then he’s dangerous.”
Mr Parkinson, who’s professional background is in economic development says New Zealand needs less Government control of business, not more. “Every business person I have spoken to has said they want less red tape. The Labour/Alliance bloc has so far announced the creation of more than 60 new bureaucracies to control every aspect of your business and your private life. Every business person I have spoken to says they could use some of the money they pay in tax to better effect by growing their business and putting on another worker. The Labour/Alliance bloc have promised to put up their taxes.”
Mr Parkinson says the Alliance’s economic development fund is a red herring. “They are promising to spend $200 million on a new bureaucracy to help business. But at the same time they want to take twice that much in tax, and increase debt and reverse savings that businesses are making on ACC costs.”
Mr Parkinson says the Alliance is anti-business. “I was attacked by the Alliance candidate for wanting to bring investment into this region. Investment will mean more jobs, but apparently the Alliance doesn’t like that.”