Thursday, February 12, 2009

Major Features of Economic Stimulus Bill

Here are some of the major features of the bill, which carries an overall cost of $789.5 billion.

Tax cuts:

- Reductions will total $282 billion, including payroll-tax credits of $400 for individuals and $800 for couples.
- About $70 billion has been earmarked to shield middle- and upper-income taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax.
- About $20 billion in renewable energy-tax incentives.

Government spending:

- Outlays will total $507 billion in spending including;
- $53.6 billion to help states avoid budget cuts.
- $87 billion to help states pay for Medicaid.
- $30 billion for a new power grid, battery technology and energy efficiency.

The legislation also would continue extended unemployment benefits through December 2009 and would increase food-stamp benefits by more than 13%.

What do you think?

[by Robert Schroeder, reporter for MarketWatch in Washington]

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