Unlikely allies: Top economists find common ground on spending reform

Unlikely allies: Top economists find common ground on spending reform
Craig Renney, rear, was an adviser to Grant Robertson when he was finance minister. (Image: Getty)
Dileepa Fonseka
The policy director of the Council of Trade Unions and the chief economist for the centre-right New Zealand Initiative don’t agree on much, but the need to reform how the government monitors spending is surprising common ground for the pair.Craig Renney (CTU) – who served in Grant Robertson’s office when he was finance minister – and Eric Crampton (NZ Initiative) will appear together in Hamilton this morning (Feb 16) on a panel to discuss Treasury and the state of the books.The discussion, part of this year&rsq...

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