MP for Taupo, Louise Upston, says that the Government’s fourth Budget builds on the results achieved in the National-led Government’s first term, and lays out the next steps in the plan to get back into surplus.
Budget 2012 outlines the key steps to be taken to fulfil the Government’s priorities of building a more competitive and productive economy, responsibly managing the Government’s finances, delivering better public services and rebuilding Christchurch.
“Despite the extraordinary challenges we’ve all faced in the last few years, New Zealand is in good shape. That’s thanks to National’s strong focus on rebuilding and strengthening our economy”, says Louise.
“Operating in surplus will give the Government choices about how it spends our taxes, and it ensures our economy is stronger and more stable in case of future economic shocks.
“Budget 2012 confirms that National is on track to meet our election commitment to return to surplus by 2014/15 and start bringing debt down to prudent levels.
We will also continue to invest in this country’s future through increased spending in science and innovation, and health and education” says Louise.
“It’s important that we continue to protect the most vulnerable New Zealanders through Working for Families, New Zealand Superannuation, and welfare benefits, with welfare reforms that are designed to help encourage and support beneficiaries to return to the workforce says Louise.
Louise will be holding Post Budget Coffee Catch Ups here in Cambridge on 1st June at 07.30am at Café 55, 55 Duke Street, and at 10.00am on the 11th June at Scott’s Café, 117 Shakespeare Street, Leamington.
“The Post Budget Coffee Catch Ups are an opportunity for people to come along and discuss Budget 2012 and learn about changes that may affect them” Louise says.