The Taxpayers’ Union correctly points out that doling out public money will destroy jobs not create them:
Shane Jones’ spending in Kawakawa will destroy jobs, not create them, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Taxpayers might think that $2.4 million for three jobs is a bad deal. Actually, it’s far worse than that. Taking this much money out of the private sector destroys jobs. It’s $2.4 million fewer dollars that taxpayers could have spent in their communities.”
That’s money that individuals could have used to create, expand or support businesses; provide for their futures, give to charity or simply choose to spend as they wished.
“What’s most terrifying about the Provincial Growth Fund is that, so far, Shane Jones has only spent four percent of his $3 billion. There is so much more spending to come that the public risks becoming desensitised to Shane Jones’ flagrant waste, when we should be outraged.”
“It looks like Shane Jones actually has far more money in the Provincial Growth Fund than he knows what to do with. In that case, he needs to simply give the money back.”
Councils and businesses in the provinces are doing their best to come up with ideas to get their share of this money and they can’t be blamed for that.
If money is being given away, why wouldn’t they try to get some for their pet projects?
But government’s don’t have a magic money tree. Every dollar a government spends comes from taxpayers.
The $2.4 million being splurged on the Kawakawa cultural centre in Northland will create just three jobs.
It could have been spent on health, education, crime prevention, infrastructure or any number of other ways that would give better value for money and a better return on investment.
It could also have been left in the pay packets of the people who earned it.