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‘Working for Families’ in New Zealand: Some Early Lessons

Prepared by Nick Johnson, July 2005

About the author

Nicholas Johnson is Vice President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Project in Washington, DC. Nicholas has been with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which is among the nation’s pre-eminent policy institutes, since 1996. He now serves as Director of the State Fiscal Project, which works to develop strategies for long-term structural reform of state budget and tax systems, encourage low-income tax relief, and improve the way states prioritize funding. Previously he worked for the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and as a newspaper and wire-service journalist. He has an MPP degree from Duke University and a BA in American Studies from Yale University. During Nicholas' Ian Axford Fellowship exchange to New Zealand he was based at The Treasury and the Ministry of Social Development, where he researched tax and welfare reform.

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