Budget 2016: Do you feel rich at $70K?

People earning $70,000 aren’t rich, and shouldn’t be taxed as though they are, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“No-one on a five-figure salary should have to pay a 33% tax rate. Seventy thousand was once big money, but inflation and rising wages have pushed more and more workers into this top tax bracket.

“These aren’t rich pricks. These are hard-working Kiwis paying off mortgages and raising families. Yet National taxes them at 33%. The top tax bracket shouldn’t cut in until someone earns at least $100,000.

Free Press - 24/05/2016

Tax Cuts
David Seymour appeared on The Nation this weekend debating the Peter Dunne, the Greens, and the Maori Party.  You can watch the full debate or read the transcript here.  Supporters and opponents agree Seymour dominated the debate.

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools to open in 2018 and 2019

Students and parents will be offered greater choice in education as a result of Budget 2016’s funding for around seven new Partnership Schools|Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.

The schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017.

“The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says.

“Last year, for example, we received 26 applications, well in excess of the funding available.

Under-Secretary welcomes independent entity to support Partnership Schools

An independent Partnership School support entity, E Tipu E Rea, has been established to support new, existing, and prospective Partnership School sponsors and will receive a conditional funding grant.

“The development of an independent support entity shows the maturation of the policy, bringing Partnership Schools into line with international charter school models,” Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.

“England has the New Schools Network, New York has the New York Charter School Centre, and New Zealand now has E Tipu E Rea.

ACT welcomes cross-party support for Partnership Schools

ACT, National and the Maori Party have pledged to vote down Chris Hipkins’ Charter Schools Abolition Bill.

“Labour’s mean-spirited bill sought to close down all eight partnership schools and force 900 students to go elsewhere,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

“This is despite the very promising initial results from these schools.  It’s crazy that Labour wants to close schools that deliver outstanding NCEA results for kids who have struggled in the state system.

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