Last week we learned thousands of school lunches are left uneaten.
Thousands of taxpayer-funded school lunches are being left uneaten by students each week.
And the Government is not counting the leftovers from one of its flagship policies. . .
Yesterday we learned that the government is owed nearly $7 million in unpaid MIQ fees:
The Government is reducing the amount of time MIQ guests have to pay their bills after figures showed they are owed almost $7 million in overdue fees for MIQ stays.
Figures obtained by 1 NEWS showed the Government was owed $6,907,434 in overdue invoices from MIQ guests, with $3,792,298 owed by guests who stayed at facilities last year.
A total of 13,155 invoices worth $59,519,661 have been issued for stays since August, with guests having paid a total of $36,783,765. . .
National’s Covid-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop said “hotels don’t run honesty systems and the Government shouldn‘t run one either”.
He said the Government should be chasing people who owe money much harder.
In the last three months, $1,196,695 of the $17,025,158 worth of invoices issued was classified as overdue. . .
Both examples show what Heather du Plessis Allan says is a lax approach to our money:
They’re so desperate to convince us that they are good with money, that’s why they froze the pay of all nurses and teachers and police and so on.
But that is not going to convince us of anything, when we constantly see examples of completely careless spending.
And we’ve seen a lot of it in the last nearly four years.
$3 billion thrown carelessly at the provincial growth fund to buy Winston’s affection, with a negligible number of jobs created.
Is it $14 billion into the wage subsidy scheme, which is a good scheme, but no real chasing and auditing to make sure people who shouldn’t’ have taken the money didn’t. Even the Auditor General called them out for that sloppiness this week.
And $100 million for marae upgrades that were supposed to create 3000 jobs but only created 158.
This is the attitude I really object to.
And I’m sorry, but as long as Labour ministers like Chris Hipkins just don’t care whether our money is wasted in uneaten school lunches, as long as that happens, Labour will be perceived to be the party that just throws cash away.
Pay freeze the nurses all you like, that perception will stick, because it’s warranted.
Every dollar the government spends is a dollar that has been taken from other people – taxpayers.
Every dollar wasted is a dollar that isn’t available for urgent priorities including health and education.
Every dollar mis-spent or not recouped reinforces the view that the government has no regard for other people’s money.