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Source: Taxpayers Union

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is a slush fund that is already being used for political purposes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The $50 billion fund – $27,000 per household – delivers enormous uncertainty for taxpayers. It is whatever the Government wants it to be – a Provincial Growth Fund on steroids.” “While half the Fund has already been spent or allocated, taxpayers are left guessing about what they’ll get for the remaining $20 billion. In other words, the headline announcement of Budget 2020 is a blank cheque. This is the Blank Cheque Budget.” “Many of the confirmed spending items from this fund appear to have nothing to do with COVID-19 relief. Much of it simply ext