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Regional Development Fund recipe for pork-barrelling

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Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Regional Development Fund recipe for pork-barrelling

Regional Development Fund recipe for pork-barrelling

24 October 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to the just announced $1 billion per year “Regional Development Fund” as part of the Labour-NZ First coalition agreement, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union said:
 
“We’ll be keeping a very close eye on this fund to ensure that economic rigour – cost benefit analysis and value for money – is prioritised over political expediency.”
 
“Without discipline and oversight, ‘economic development’ very quickly turns into pork-barrelling and corporate welfare. Of course, this was the very thing Labour rightly accused the National-led Government of, when it came to regional farming and irrigation initiatives.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is an independent and membership-driven activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power.

The Taxpayers’ Union operates a 24-hour media line for comment on taxpayer issues. Representatives are available on (04) 282 0302.

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