Quote of the week from John Scandrett, Otago Southland Employers Association CEO:
“If a job gets created by the public sector, or by a charity, then it’s funded either by tax dollars or donations that were both initially created by the private sector.”
This doesn’t mean there aren’t necessary and meaningful jobs in the public service and charities. It does mean that funding for them comes directly or indirectly from the private sector.
To ensure the private sector created the maximum number of jobs, everyone had to do their part to ensure barriers were not inadvertently put in the way.
Barriers could include things like unnecessarily high taxes, too much regulation and difficulties getting consents.
Those were all things the Government could do something about in a job creating supporting capacity, he said.
“The Government should concentrate on removing the barriers that get in the way of the private sector creating jobs.”
More flexible employment law, lower tax rates and a start on reducing the burden of the state under National have removed some of the barriers to job creation in the private sector and there is still work to be done.
But the effort shold be on improving the enviroment which helps the private sector create jobs rather than the government creating jobs itself.