Articles tagged Fiscal Policy

Business confidence fell to a five year low as winter began and it wasn't just because managers were politically biased. Bernard Hickey argues it's time the Government reacted to this cooling with a debt-funded construction stimulus and interest rate cuts.

New Zealanders are increasingly aware of the huge social, economic and environmental problems facing this country, yet the new Labour-led government seems unwilling to respond with the type of big, bold actions required. Victoria University political scientist Bryce Edwards says Labour has welded itself to a policy of fiscal conservatism, preventing it from making the necessary investments.

For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I argue the Government should use its strong balance sheet and low borrowing costs to make millions of dollars in social investments that save everyone billions in the long run.

Prime Minister John Key has opened up the possibility the Government could campaign on the promise of tax cuts, saying there was room in the Budget outlook for surpluses after 2014/15 to give some sort of relief for middle-income earners.