Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller welcomes the Government’s Budget investment in health, housing and infrastructure which he believes will further underpin our booming region.
“This is a budget that invests in a growing economy, further strengthening the economy’s engine room to make it more successful still in the future,” said Mr Muller.
“Because National has very carefully managed the Crown’s finances these past eight years, we are now in a position to deliver a Budget with big increases in spending in areas that matter for the Bay,” Mr Muller said.
“New Zealand is one of the best performing economies in the world, outstripping most of the world’s richest economies.
“200,000 more people have jobs than 3 years ago, with 170,000 more jobs expected over next few years. This creates a platform of performance from which we can spend wisely for real local benefit.
“As a region that is attracting hundreds of new people each year with skills and capability, we are the best-placed region in the country to benefit from the $761.4 million investment over the next four years in science, skills, tertiary education and regional development initiatives. We have a proven track record with businesses like WNT ventures, so I am hugely confident that Bay will get a deserved chunk of this exciting innovation investment.
“A growing economy provides us with choices, so I am delighted with the $2.2 billion extra spending in our health sector over next four years including more money for elective surgery and a rollout of national bowel screening programme that will cover 700,000 kiwis saving hundreds of lives a year.
“Our schools will benefit from both the targeted investment for school children at risk of not achieving regardless of decile, plus a further $883 million for new schools and classrooms, some of which I’m sure will flow to the Bay.
“It is sometimes said that we are judged on how we treat are most vulnerable and this is a Budget that focuses on making a real difference at the coal face. The $200 million to reform of services for vulnerable children and young people will be a legacy investment in my view, part of $652 million of social investment.
“This is a solid budget that builds on the progress we've made over the past 8 years. A Budget I'm proud of,” said Mr Muller.
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