Member for Forest Hill, Mr Neil Angus MP, today criticised the Andrews’ Government for its lack of investment in the Forest Hill electorate for the 2017/18 State Budget as very disappointing.
“There’s no taxation or cost of living relief at all for Forest Hill residents in Daniel Andrews’ budget today,” Mr Angus said.
“At a time when Forest Hill families are struggling financially with cost of living pressures due to higher household bills and higher taxes, dealing with more crime and more congestion, this Budget offers nothing to help Forest Hill families get ahead.
“Forest Hill households are worse off today than they were four years ago and there is nothing in this Budget to give them any hope for the future.
“It is also extremely disappointing that there is nothing new for Forest Hill schools in this Budget, with no additional capital funding allocated to any primary or secondary school in the Forest Hill electorate for the next financial year.
“Numerous Forest Hill schools are in desperate need of repair, following years of neglect under Labor and have again missed out.
Under Daniel Andrews, the annual Victorian state tax take has increased by $5.1 billion, which represents a 27% tax increase. State net debt has also dramatically increased by a staggering 44% to a record level of $24.3 billion.
Victoria is now the highest taxing state in Australia, with 12 new or increased taxes since Daniel Andrews was elected, despite his promise before the last election, that he would not do this.
Media contact: Neil Angus MP 03 9877 5628 or firstname.lastname@example.org