government debt

Budget 2017: Arise, surplus

Mon 22 May 10

Mr Joyce is playing down tax cuts. In fact, he tends to look vague and distracted whenever the subject comes up.

NO LIMITS: Finance Minister Steven Joyce

Budget 2017: the return of magical thinking?

Fri 19 May

Normally finance ministers throw a wet blanket, or even a  waterlogged tarpaulin, over people’s pre-budget expectations. Not this time. 

The implications of Joyce's pre-Budget fiscal shift

Fri 28 Apr 2

Mr Joyce is talking about resilience but most people want to hear about tax cuts.

Bill English signals further capital spending

$1.8 billion surplus, lower govt debt: English signals 'options' for election year

Thu 13 Oct 11

"In some ways it's easier to manage deficits because you just say no," the Finance Minister notes. "When you have surpluses you have more demands on you."


Margin call: Fiscal policy makes comeback

Fri 20 May

Low interest rates have made monetary policy less effective

Prime Minister John Key (Photo: Rob Hosking)

Politics: What is behind Key's sudden confidence about tax cuts?

Tue 17 May 13

A drastic upward revision in the Treasury's growth outlook appears to be behind the government's sudden gung-ho attitude for tax cuts 


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