Nothing to see here for middle income NZ as Grant Robertson delivers his “Wellbeing” budget. Opposition parties have renamed it accordingly- ACT “the build back broke” budget, Nats, the “blowout” budget, Te Pati Maori “no thrills” instead of no frills. In what Robinson called tough economic times most of the cash went to low-income earners with young people with a massive chunk of the population left head scratching. With the election looming those who may have been on the fence may now take the jump away from Labour.
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