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Budget win for the Taxpayers’ Union with announcement of independent costing office

The Taxpayers’ Union is celebrating that a policy it has pushed for since 2014 has been adopted by the Government.
Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says:
“Since we launched our election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’ we have argued that New Zealand needs an independent election policy costing office.  This increases transparency, improves democracy, and helps prevent politicians and parties from getting away with pulling numbers from thin air.”
“Shortly after our lobbying, the Green Party picked up the idea, and today the Government formally announced public consultation on establishing an independent body to provide parties and the public non-partisan costings on their policies.”
“It’s not often the Taxpayers’ Union loudly endorses new spending initiatives, but here it will be difficult to find any taxpayer who will disagree with this initiative.

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