SINGAPORE - Budgets come in various forms. Some are “Big Bang”, full of startling surprises, good and bad. Some are status-quoist, hardly distinguishable from what came in previous years. Others are cumulative, building on the past towards a long term goal, taking many small steps forward, and a few big ones.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s latest Budget is the latter category. In what is expected to be a year of slower economic growth, it is appropriately expansionary, with expenditure projected to rise to $80.3 billion, 1.6 per cent higher than in FY2018, which was also an expansionary budget year.