Ep. 395: President-Elect Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Proposal

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This week on the Pete the Planner Show, Pete celebrates Betty White’s 99th birthday because of another Betty White?! ….Let’s get into the show.

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Show Notes:


    • The $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 relief Bill – $2000 direct payment: 
      • Pete: It feels eerily similar to the proposal the Democrats passed in the House last summer.
      • I thought it was a good idea last time. Is it the right Bill now?
      • Damian: I wish there was a more refined way to get proposed additional $1400 to the people who actually need it.
      • It’s a pre-funded tax credit, so we are essentially getting our own money back, but it means more government debt because it has to come from somewhere.
    • Increasing the per week, federal unemployment supplement to $400 through September
      • Damian: Reports indicate those hardest hit are in majority-minority communities. Hopefully the added funds help the families who need it.
    • Increasing feral minimum wage to $15/hour
      • Damian: A more geographically-considerate number makes more sense to me. This might be a poison-pill for the Bill as a whole.
      • Pete: This idea, in this Bill, in this economy…is a poison-pill. Despite the fact that I believe that paying people a livable wage is a major issue.
    • Extending eviction moratoriums until the end of September
      • Pete: This will bankrupt mom & pop landlords. It is a terrible piece of policy unless there are funds for landlords.
      • Damian: There’s going to be a flood of properties on the market that will cause a huge problem for renters and landlords alike.
    • $350 billion in state and local aid
      • Damian: It’s going to need additional negotiation from both parties.
      • Pete: Some states like California and Illinois have some ‘financial warts.’ Feels like bailing some states out, where others don’t need that.
    • $170 billion for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education
      • Pete: This is too vague, but I do believe that K-12 schools are completely underfunded.
      • Damian: I would want to make sure this isn’t funding someone’s pet project. I’m just asking for better accounting for what this money is for.
    • $50 billion for COVID-19 testing
      • Pete: YES!
      • Damian: If reasonable expenses for testing require it, sure.
    • $20 billion toward National Vaccine Program in partnership with localities & tribes
      • Pete: Is this an advertising campaign to encourage people to get the vaccine? The rollout has been a monumental failure. What else could this money be for?
    • Making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable and increasing the credit to $3000 or $3600 per child
      • Damian: Why is a younger kid ‘worth’ $600 more than an older kid?
      • Pete: Interesting question.
      • Listener: Daycare.


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