Premier Andrews must keep his “no tax increases” promise

Having wasted $1.1 billion to not build East West Link, Premier Daniel Andrews has today refused to stand by his election promise that a Labor government would not increase taxes or introduce any new taxes.

State taxes and charges include stamp duty on homes and other real estate, payroll tax, parking levies, land tax, the fire services levy, motor vehicle registration and transfer fees, insurance duty and growth areas charges. Victorians could be slugged with increases in any of these – or with a completely new tax – if Mr Andrews walks away from his election promise.

Mr Andrews’ commitment was important to many voters worried about Labor’s record of taxing and spending. He needs to keep his word.

For more, see Andrews backs away from tax pledge in today’s Herald Sun.