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Government Spending

Lawmakers' HK$74m footbridge to get their lunch is a misuse of public funds

The relocation of the central government offices and the Legislative Council to the relatively isolated Tamar area has left people who work there with little choice when it comes to lunchtime dining.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 2:50am 4 comments

Lawmakers' poverty fact-finding trip to Europe is scrapped

Lawmakers have scrapped plans for a week-long poverty fact-finding trip to Sweden and Finland, which could cost taxpayers HK$565,000. They decided the money would be better spent visiting Taiwan and Japan, which are more akin to Hong Kong.

26 May 2013 - 6:40am 11 comments

State Council orders probe into pricey buildings

According to its "urgent notification", the State Council ordered thorough checks to see whether central or local government agencies had used public funds to build extravagant offices, halls or guest houses.

19 May 2013 - 6:30am

Pan-dems get a taste of their own medicine over costly poverty trip

When you spend too much time fighting an enemy, you become like him. That may be why a group of lawmakers led by prominent pan-democrats have decided to spend up to HK$560,000 of taxpayers' money to study poverty relief in Finland and Sweden, just about the most expensive countries you can visit.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 19 comments

Lawmakers plan trip costing up to HK$560,000 to study poverty

Lawmakers are considering spending up to HK$560,000 of public money on a week-long trip to find ways to deal with one of Hong Kong's most pressing problems - poverty.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 20 comments

Guangzhou district town governments in spending spree on receptions

Quite a few eyebrows were raised in Guangzhou this week at the news that three town-level governments - two in relatively poor rural areas - spent more than 4 million yuan (HK$5 million) a year between them on official receptions.

11 May 2013 - 4:34am

Giant butterfly sculpture causes flap in Tsuen Wan district

The preparation work for building two contentious district landmarks has started, despite widespread public criticism of them being too costly and even becoming eyesores.

6 May 2013 - 7:17am 3 comments

Bill delay may force bodies to raid their own reserves

Some government department and publicly funded bodies may have to dip into their own reserves to maintain necessary services next month if the Legislative Council fails to pass the budget bill by the middle of this month.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 1 comment

Councils to stay pragmatic on HK$100m after goose fiasco

At least 12 district councils are planning projects to improve local facilities and health care using their HK$100 million from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Councillors say they are taking a more pragmatic approach after criticism of district bodies spending millions on building statues.

29 Apr 2013 - 8:18am

China needs bold reform to counter slowdown in fiscal revenue growth

The days of belt-tightening are finally here. China's latest fiscal data shows that, in the first quarter of this year, public revenue grew by only 6.9 per cent, down 7.8 percentage points from a year earlier. In March, central government revenue even fell by 5.2 per cent year on year, a dip after five months of growth. By contrast, China's public expenditure increased by 12.1 per cent in the first quarter. The growth in spending is outstripping the rise in revenue.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am