Budget 2016

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Finance Minister Bill English has delivered a tiny surplus – just 0.3% of GDP. Unlike Budget 2015, he’s not making a big deal of this. Once bitten, twice shy?

The numbers are good but they don’t scream a $3 billion tax cut in 2017 to us. The purse strings have loosened a little, with net new operating spending averaging $1.6 billion per year - the highest under the current national-led government.

This is a balanced budget seeking to meet today’s needs and build a strong foundation for the future. Is the Government managing this balancing act?

Finance Minister Bill English is attempting to deliver on a 20 to 30 year view. That’s shown in his choice of themes and targets:

  • Innovative New Zealand
  • Infrastructure
  • Social investment
  • Health

He’s seeking to set in place the building blocks for a sustainable future. But has he done enough to meet today’s needs around infrastructure and housing?