Finance Minister Bill English has every reason to feel
pleased with himself after delivering Budget 2016.
The shape of the new
child protection service and other social sector reforms is
still largely unknown after a "low key'' Budget, a social
sector leader says.
A bowel cancer
screening campaigner was "beaming'' after the Budget
announcement of a nationwide programme, but is disappointed
Otago and Southland have not been prioritised.
The 10% ongoing
increase in tobacco tax is the issue most people seemed to
get excited about in yesterday's Budget 2016 which had little
in it to create any real interest.
Comment: There is nothing particularly exciting or
offensive about Bill English's eighth
The University of
Otago anticipates it will benefit to the tune of "several
million dollars'' from extra funding for research announced
in yesterday's Budget.
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