Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The New Zealand Herald's Audrey Young today publishes a full list of Liarbour's 'pork.'
The tax cuts, with other highlights announced on Budget day, have added $12.29 billion to Labour's brag-bag of policies.
When added to the previous $3.99 billion identified on Pork Watch, Labour's Porkometer has reached $16.28 billion.
I've yet to find actual department spending totals but it all seems to confirm reports that Liarbour has doubled government spending in its nine years of office.
Audrey also lists some individual projects adding:
The cost of promises included in the Porkometer do not include every Budget item. They are items that parties themselves have highlighted and bragged about. Totals have not been annualised. They may be spread over many years. That is because parties tend to announce funding over four, five or more years.
Last week's Budget allowed for a total of $4.75 billion extra in operational spending in 2008-09 and $23.37 billion extra over four years. It also allowed $1.16 billion in capital spending and $1.91 more over four years.
LABOUR'S SPENDING PROMISES
* $10.6 billion over four years on personal tax cuts.
* $553.8 million over five years on faster broadband and digital strategy initiatives.
* $326.3 million extra in education including $182 million for extra teachers.
* $220 million over 15 years for Wellington City Council housing upgrade.
* $180 million for extra police.
* $155.2 million over four years to improve student allowances and eligibility.
* $72 million over four years for free off-peak travel for Supergold card.
* $37.8 million over three years for first phase of Hobsonville development.
* $30 million over three years for transport initiatives in Northland and Tairawhiti.
* $25.1 million over four years for Maori and Treaty initiatives including $5.3 million extra for the Office of Treaty Settlements.
* $24.6 million boost to caregivers of children.
* $23.3 million over four years to establish animal ID and tracing system.
* $18 million over four years to boost subsidy for hearing aids.
* $9 million over four years to monitor financial service providers.
* $7 million over two years to restore 19th century Mataatua Whare in Whakatane.
* $7 million to develop a Maori cultural venue on Wellington waterfront.
Now, I'm not averse to a bit of capital expenditure and it may be a worthy project, but coming on top of the list above, this all seems a little excessive: A $70 million extension to the National Library, which the Dominion Post notes comes on top of other government building projects in central Wellington and has created a 'building boom' there.
It is heartening to see Cullen's goverment economising, making do and tightening its belt, just as we are, the poor buggers having to pay for Liarbour's largresse!
Posted by FAIRFACTS MEDIA at 6:09 AM