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Heather du Plessis-Allan: I think there's a surprise in the Budget tomorrow

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Heather du Plessis-Allan,
Publish Date
Wed, 17 May 2023, 5:15pm

Heather du Plessis-Allan: I think there's a surprise in the Budget tomorrow

Author
Heather du Plessis-Allan,
Publish Date
Wed, 17 May 2023, 5:15pm

Here's a prediction for you: I think there's a big surprise in the Budget tomorrow. 

We just got the Budget’s title today, and the hint is right there in black and white. Support for today, Building for tomorrow

We know what building for tomorrow is, Grant and Chippy have been hinting at that for a month. That's just a big spend up on crucial infrastructure and rebuilding after the cyclone.

But what’s ‘support for today’? That's what we don’t know. It's got to be something that happens right now. It’s not in the future; the cost of living crisis is right now. So think money in hands now.

It's not a tax, Grant’s ruled that out on the show on Monday. 

If you were guessing, you’d include options like- bumping up Working for Families payments, subsidising necessities like health visits, something that makes families’ budgets easier to balance.

And whatever it is, it’s got to be significant. Because it is the last big thing Labour’s got to save its bacon before election time.

It's got to make voters love the party just a little bit more, so it can pull ahead of National.

Labour knows it can’t rely on the infrastructure spend up to that, voters aren’t impressed by that anymore. We've had our expectations dashed too many times by this party. 100,000 KiwiBuild homes, Light Rail, $1.9 billion for mental health.

We're probably not going to fall for a big spending promise again.

For all Labour’s faults, you should expect these guys to pull a rabbit out of a hat when it’s needed.

Remember, Grant was one of the guys who helped dream up interest free student loans for Helen Clark back in 2005.

He and Chippy are very good politicians. They’ve been playing this Budget down all month, probably so they can do the old ‘under promise, over deliver’ on the day.

So I reckon, brace yourself for a nice surprise in tomorrow’s Budget. I suspect it’s not going to be as boring as they’ve been pretending it will be.

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