Apologises for the EPIC delay in doing this. I wanted to have comments up by 6 (it was not out till nearly 10), but a meeting ran overtime, work servers went down, and my trip home from work on this was slower than expected. [ed. And the site went down ...]
First here are links to other round up post round the country as of now: Offsetting Behaviour, The Standard, Red Alert, Kiwiblog (*,*,*,*), Dim Post, NZIER, Infometrics, Rates Blog (*,*,round up post!), NBR, Not PC (*), Public Address, Education Directions (*,*,*).
So far we’ve done a review of the ACT and Libertarian alternative budgets. Now it is time for the actual Budget, and then if we see any other alternative budgets we will have a look of them too When reading all these reviews, keep in mind that I am aiming to be critical – I am putting up trade-offs so I will NEVER say “that is a good policy”. I am not trying to say I hate any of these groups by doing this, I am just trying to describe other ways to look at policies to give them context. If you keep that in mind when looking, then hopefully it will be useful.
Ok, so let me roll with my personal opinions – hopefully supported by a sound economic framework
Also note that this is a first brush on what seem to be the main issues. Over the next few days I plan to get down into more specific policies – and I will see if I can discuss some things through the weekend.
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