11 November 2004 Hon Jim Anderton MP, Progressive
Anderton responds to critics of tax cuts
Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton has returned to
the theme of cutting business tax to 30%.
his critics ‘If there is ever a time when a company tax cut
might be possible – why isn’t this the time?'
Progressive leader told the sales and marketing executives
institute yesterday he’s not sure why anyone thinks the 33
per cent tax rate is somehow sacred.
“For me, tax rates
have always been an issue of what is the best way to raise
the cash that is needed to fund essential services.
have said families are a higher priority. I happen to agree.
That’s why the government is investing very heavily in low
and middle in come families with the Working For Families
“But it is possible to be pro-business as well as
have a social conscience. I have never taken the view that
the company tax could never be adjusted downwards. The
centre-left should never get in that position - it would be
believing the derision of our opponents, rather than making
decisions because they’re the right decisions.
is ever a time when it might be possible to cut company tax
– why isn’t this the time?” Jim Anderton
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