What's Next: March 11, 2017

West Australians vote in state polls

Voting booths for Western Australia's state election open today, with 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly and 36 seats in the Legislative Council set to be filled. The incumbent Liberal-WA National government led by Premier Colin Barnett is seeking a third four-year term against the Labor opposition led by Mr Mark McGowan.

Mendaki holds special carnival

Self-help group Mendaki kicks off celebrations of its 35th anniversary with a special carnival in the open field outside Eunos MRT station today. There will be booths and stage performances to engage the young and old, including storytelling sessions by local authors Sharon Ismail and Maria Mahat. A book, featuring 20 families sharing the "secrets" of their children's success, will also be launched.

US govt budget statement

The United States government will post its budget statement today. The surplus in January was US$51 billion (S$72 billion), 7.1 per cent lower than a US$55 billion surplus a year earlier but above market expectations of US$40 billion. The government's budget balance is the difference between budget receipts (income) and budget outlays (spending). A budget surplus is expressed as a positive value, while a deficit is a negative value.

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