Upper Hutt Mayor responds to criticism
Over the weekend we revealed more Upper City Council corporate welfare 'economic development' grants amounting to $375,000 of ratepayers’ money. Joining Burger Fuel, grant recipients include Subway, Vogue (a clothing store), Bed Bath and Beyond, and even a hairdresser!
Stuff.co.nz covered our comments here:
"It is economic trickery benefiting only the favoured businesses.
"Take the example of Prodigy Hair. There are at least 29 hairdressing firms in Upper Hutt, but the council picks this one out for a handout."
Previously, the council defended its corporate welfare scheme on the basis that it was creating jobs, Williams said.
"Of course the politicians and officials ignore that every cent is drained from the very community they are claiming to help. It is intellectually dishonest.
"Upper Hutt ratepayers are smart enough to see that this isn't economic development, it's robbing the poor to pay the rich."
To respond, Mayor Wayne Guppy spoke to Newstalk ZB's Larry Williams tonight just prior to the political Huddle with our Executive Director Jordan Williams and Vernon Tava.