Robertson expects surplus

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Finance minister Grant Robertson has announced that the upcoming budget on May 17th will see a surplus.  This is a very big win for Labour. Often, their biggest problem, and National’s biggest asset, is that there is a belief Labour cannot be trusted with the economy. However, this looks like it has come at their … Continue reading Robertson expects surplus

Robertson and debt

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Hamish Rutherford at stuff writes:  Grant Robertson’s first Budget will demonstrate the scale of his challenge to meet election promises while staying within his self-imposed spending limits… …Unless the Government decides to drop major spending plans or raise revenue through new taxes, it should quickly consider changing the commitment, or abandoning it altogether. While still … Continue reading Robertson and debt

Adams takes Finance

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Welp, I got it wrong again. Rather than Judith Collins, Simon Bridge’s closest contender for the leadership, Amy Adams, has picked up the finance role. It makes sense. Bridges needs to keep Adams onside, and giving her the plum finance role is a good way to do that. National simply must not have a split similar … Continue reading Adams takes Finance