There is a Better Way? Is there?

This morning, Sinn Féin launched it’s proposals for, essentially, raising revenues rather than making cuts. While there will be the usual knee-jerk dismissal in many quarters, they have at least published their strategy (which can be read here).

Some cuts are being suggested, including a 15% pay cut for Stormont salaries, an end to renumeration of committee chairs plus a pay freeze for higher paid civil servants. Implementing the RPA with the projected cost savings of 400m is also included, although Edwin Poots, while ‘still committed’ has killed off the transition committees which were supposed to help implement the changeover.

There are also suggestions about enterprise and innovation, accessing FP7 funds, taxing mobile phone masts and a plastic bag levy, amongst others.

Rather than simply dumping on the proposals, does anyone have alternatives?