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Stimulus plan should help only those who need it

Scott Robert Shaw



The check isn’t in the mail, but almost. It seems increasingly likely that the federal government will be sending us checks as it works to kick-start the economy amid our ongoing pandemic. It is part of potentially $1 trillion stimulus package lawmakers are considering. Within weeks, they say, Americans could find checks from the federal government in their mailboxes totaling $1000 per person. That could go a long way in helping those who have lost their jobs or seen their hours reduced during this coronavirus pandemic. Servers and bartenders and small business owners still have rent payments to make. These are the people who need the help the most urgently. But not everyone has suffered financially, other than to watch our 401K’s whither. $500 billion is a lot of money. Congress should make sure this money goes to those who are hurting. In addition to the $1000 checks, the government could also send smaller checks, $300, to children. Do we need to give hundreds to children? And in six weeks after the checks are sent, the government could send another batch, worth just as much. It is good our government is willing to help those who have suffered financially during this crisis, but it makes sense that the checks go to those who need the help, not those who don’t.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Andrew Bharath

    March 20, 2020 at 6:38 am

    It’s good. What would have been better is to put a freeze on rent, mortgages, and credit card Bill’s for 3 months which will help much more. That is what the French president did. We can do it also.

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    George Caplan

    March 21, 2020 at 7:26 am

    its both good and bad. most people are not as financially responsible as they could be. Why should anybody that squanders their money get a bail out. And unless payments to all debtors re cancelled its unfair. Everybody has bills to pay that includes landlords so if they arent getting paid they have a hardship. The mayor of LaCrosse is making sure the city gets paid using a lame excuse that the law wont allow him to suspend tax collection.

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