NSW budget spends on transport, families

There has never been a harder time to live in NSW, says shadow treasurer Ryan Park.
There has never been a harder time to live in NSW, says shadow treasurer Ryan Park.

Families are expected to benefit from a NSW budget aimed at addressing rising cost-of-living pressures while maintaining a record infrastructure spend but the opposition claims it's a con.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday announced a surplus of $3.9 billion, declaring his budget was one "for the people".

While schools, hospitals and public transport receive a funding boost, the opposition said rising road tolls and electricity prices mixed with flatlining wage growth only meant NSW residents were still doing it tough.

"There has never been a more difficult time to live in NSW than what is occurring right here, right now," opposition treasury spokesman Ryan Park said.

The government will spend $2.3 billion on healthcare in 2019/19 alone, while also committing $8 billion over four years to healthcare.

But Labor leader Luke Foley said it had taken the government seven years to discover hospital and school funding, nine months out from an election.

Despite the Community Housing Industry Association NSW additional funding to Aboriginal housing, it said the government had overlooked social housing investment.

CHIA NSW chief executive Wendy Hayhurst said the government had missed its opportunity to reinvest stamp duty revenue of years past into social and affordable housing.

Meanwhile the NSW Greens criticised the government for failing to act on climate change.

Greens MP Justin Field argued profits from the Snowy Hydro sale should be used to fund climate action and renewable energy, rather than being redistributed through the regions.

"The state government has no credible plan or adequate funding to reach the state's goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050," Mr Field said in a statement on Tuesday.

The state opposition is expected to deliver its budget reply on Thursday.

Australian Associated Press