Business costs, fiscal prudence and the pioneer generation were among the key issues during the Budget debate. See what lawmakers said, and take a look at taxes beyond the headlines.
MORE must be done to encourage corporate giving here and the government wants to see giving become part of the DNA of Corporate Singapore, Parliament heard yesterday.
THE new tribunal that is being set up to adjudicate community disputes should neither be the first recourse nor the main way for people in Singapore to resolve their disagreements.
[SINGAPORE] The government's direct spend on healthcare is expected to rise to $7.5 billion in FY 2014 as it increases its share of national healthcare expenditure, which will include initiatives aimed at reducing out-of-pocket costs for patients.
[SINGAPORE] After the recent slew of radical changes to the COE (certificate of entitlement) system, the government has given the assurance that there will be no more of those for now.
[SINGAPORE] Requiring developers to adopt productive technologies and prefabricated components in new projects, as announced by the Ministry of National Development (MND) yesterday, is widely expected to translate into higher costs for them in the short term.
[SINGAPORE] The Housing Development Board (HDB) is overhauling the procedure for resale HDB transactions in a bid to shift the focus from cash-over-valuation (COV) to market prices when negotiating resale prices.
[SINGAPORE] Singapore-based tech start-ups are set to get a boost from a set of government initiatives this year, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament yesterday.
THE government will raise the income thresholds for student bursaries and raise the bursary amounts to make higher education more accessible to students from lower and middle-income households.
THE government is looking into extending the re-employment age from the current 65 to 67, but is unlikely to act on it soon.
THE Progressive Wage Model (PWM), which is backed by law and dictates a minimum wage, will be confined to the cleaning, security and landscaping sectors, the government said yesterday.
ACTING Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday cautioned against Singapore producing too many graduates who can't find enough good jobs - a predicament South Korea and Taiwan find themselves in today.
THE government is taking concrete steps to support SMEs' growth and restructuring efforts by making incentives easier and faster to claim, and by reducing their compliance burden, said Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo yesterday in parliament.
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