The long-awaited Local Government Rates Inquiry came up with an idea Dick Hubbard likes;
He called for all the report's recommendations to be implemented and said the suggestion that rates be charged on government land including hospitals, schools and universities could mean an extra $25 million.
Translated; Let's find yet another way to screw the dough out of the productive.
Rates should remain the major source of local government revenue and there was no need for a new tax or a rates cap, it said.
The enquiry seems to have found there is a problem alright. The problem is the ratepayer hasn't got a bottomless pocket so let's have a crack at the taxpayers.
What a fiasco. What a joke.