The top tax rate on income continues to be a ...
What an indictment of our democracy that it’s the behaviour ...
Judging by the questions we have received, inequality seems to ...
Last week we asked people on Facebook what election issues ...
Over the weekend on the Q and A TV show Paula Bennett, Minister of Social Welfare, dismissed as invalid any comparison between the income support given to the elderly in New Zealand and the income support given to children. She wasn’t prepared to compare the two policies, both of which provide tax-funded income to people. […]
The top tax rate on income continues to be a political football and is emerging as a key battleground in this election. Shame it is an outdated and inefficient way to raise extra cash for the Government. National’s first term saw the infamous tax switch, which dropped the top tax rate to 33%, raising GST […]
What an indictment of our democracy that it’s the behaviour of our political actors that has captured the imagination of the media rather than their policies. Whether this is because the media is so lightweight that it couldn’t do analysis of policy if it tried, whether it’s because there is little policy of content to […]
Crofton Downs from Gareth Morgan on Vimeo. The pest-free “halo” around the Zealandia sanctuary is being extended to Crofton Downs, thanks to a $5000 gift from the Morgan Foundation. The Enhancing the Halo project focuses mainly on Zealandia, but also has the long-term goal of making Wellington the first predator-free capital in the world. A […]
Judging by the questions we have received, inequality seems to be one of the hot topics of this election. There are probably a number of reasons for this. The 2010 book Spirit Level summarised the latest incarnation of this debate, arguing that more unequal countries do worse on a range of measures including health (especially […]
What are we to make of the recent stoush between Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy and Jamie Whyte, leader of the ACT party? Unfortunately it illustrates everything that is wrong with the way New Zealand currently debates two very important issues – the over-representation of Maori among New Zealand’s disadvantaged and the political rights […]
Last week we asked people on Facebook what election issues they would like to learn more about. One area that continues to come up is tax. In the interview below, Susan talks about some of the tax proposals that the various parties have. The ultimate conclusion is that tax policy should not be left to […]
On Wednesday Labour released its freshwater policy. In short they aim to have all rivers and lakes swimmable, fishable and suitable for food gathering by 2025. As part of their plan to achieve this, Labour would also put a price on water used by irrigators. The Labour proposal was swiftly rejected by Irrigation New Zealand […]
By Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie – This is part of a series by the Centre for NZ Progress published in the Herald ‘Progress’ is usually taken to mean moving towards something better. Economists are particularly good at whipping out the ruler to measure progress. Are we earning more? Do more people have jobs? Are we selling […]
To get punters through the doors, supermarkets have entered a price war over bread, with $1 now the norm. As we saw in our book Appetite for Destruction, the trouble is that with white bread you get what you pay for. Like most fake food, there are costs with white bread that don’t appear on […]