Budget 2020: Too weak, too short
The Government has not gone hard or early enough fiscally, and is planning on winding it back far too quickly, writes Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Simon Chapple.
What the Budget means for women
The Budget’s investment in physical infrastructure is necessary for economic recovery, but it must be recognised that the number of women in those jobs are much lower than in social infrastructure like heath services and education. The Government should consider this when deciding where to put the remaining $20 billion.
Huge numbers fit the Covid-19 moment
It was an almost unprecedented Budget - but we are living in almost unprecedented times.
Inside a $200b ‘rolling maul’ of debt
Bernard Hickey analyses the biggest spending Budget in our history and sees much, much more borrowing to come, but that’s OK.
Beefed up M. bovis programme and ETS tweaks
Budget 2020 includes almost $500 million for the primary sector, the largest chunk of which is dedicated to eliminating Mycoplasma bovis, Marc Daalder reports.
$16b new spending through Covid fund
The Finance Minister says investment, not austerity, will see New Zealand through the coronavirus crisis.
Wanted: Budget that’s fair for young and old
What we do and don’t need from the Budget to help share the pain of economic crisis between the generations.
Extra $4.3 billion for health system
Thursday’s Budget will contain an extra $4.3 billion for the health system, distributed over the next four years.