- change the tax cuts just given from benefiting the highest income earners, to benefiting the lowest income earners - and probably don't give major new tax cuts in future.
- Invest some money in making sure that there are job and training opportunities available for those who do get laid off during the recession.
- Focus on economic growth and, if required, tax increases to stabilise and then reduce the Budget deficit once growth resumes - not before.
- Protect and promote the public services that people need during the downturn, rather than cutting them.
What I fear is more likely is a Black Budget, which will follow National's traditional agenda of cutting the state and offloading costs onto individuals - especially those with the lowest incomes. So look out for higher tertiary tuition fees, "adjustments" to state housing rentals, cuts to community and voluntary sector funding, further sackings of public servants, constraints on school operating grants, reduced funding levels for Health Boards compared with plans, and so on.