An urgent priority of the new government is to end the madness of business as usual in state or local government controlled bodies.
Decades of following a fundamentally wrong free-market and privatised agenda has led to massive underinvestment in health, education, transport, drainage. The environment has become deeply degraded. The money being printed is needed for these sectors to do a massive repair job.
Instead we see a universal madness being adopted as university after university. council after council and transport agencies and health boards are announcing massive layoffs to meet their reduced post-covid budgets.
The universities are a great example. They were instructed to sell themselves to private students from overseas. Over the last 15 years there has been a massive increase in numbers so they now get around 15% of their income from private students. This was not used to expand access to NZ students access however since those numbers stagnated. Instead it was used to cut spending in real terms for the sector.
Now all universities need a boost of income from the government to compensate for the lost overseas student income. Instead they are implementing cuts to jobs and services.
This is nuts – it has to stop.