3 News reports:
“Would slippery John like to confirm why the education budget is 2.3 percent lower today when he took office?” rebuts Mr Cunliffe.
I thought this couldn’t be right, so I checked.
In 2008 Vote Education was $10.78 billion.
In 2014 Vote Education was $10.12 billion.
So maybe David Cunliffe is right. Has National cut education spending?
A bit of detective work determines that in 2008, Vote Education includes tertiary education. In 2014, it is a separate vote. Very tricky, eh.
So what is Vote Education in 2014, if you include tertiary education, as was done in 2008.
That adds on $3.04 billion to make it $13.16 billion. That is not 2.3% lower. That’s 22.1% higher!!