After months of precognition, Congress passed a $900 billion coronavirus relief package on Monday, which includes a $600 stimulus contain for individuals earning up to $75,000 and couples earning $150,000 – down from the $1,200 distributed in the first round as a outcome of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act.
The bill also provides an extra $300 in enhanced unemployment gains for 11 weeks, funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and emergency rental assistance, among other provisions.
But the slimmed stimulus chips was disappointing for many Americans. Count among them self-made billionaire Mark Cuban.
“It isn’t enough,” Cuban, investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and proprietor of the Dallas Mavericks, tells CNBC Make It.
In fact, in September, Cuban offered his own stimulus proposal, saying that all American households, regardless of receipts level, should receive a $1,000 stimulus check every two weeks for two months, which they would would rather to spend within 10 days or lose the money.
(At the time, Chuck Marr, senior director of federal tax tactics at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told CNBC Make It that Cuban’s plan reflected “the urgency of the post,” but payments should be targeted by income.)
With the most recent stimulus, economists agree that the $600 authenticates fall short, because it will not be enough to cover months of missed rent and mounting bills.
“It’s critical to accept cash, particularly in those pockets that are already empty, and we’ve seen many households already running out of seethes,” Diane Swonk, Grant Thornton chief economist, told CNBC on Monday. “The $300 [in enhanced unemployment improves] sustains families more than the $600 checks do.”
Others also openly criticized the $600 checks, a charge out of prefer Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.
“$600!?…of fiat!?” Dorsey tweeted on Sunday, and when the relief bill out Monday, he added, “Incredibly disappointing and increasingly irrelevant.”
Kevin O’Leary, Cuban’s fellow investor on “Shark Tank,” theretofore advocated for additional unemployment insurance benefits over stimulus checks, proposing $400 per week for 14 months.
“I don’t wish [those unemployed] to be in a great, painful space,” he told CNBC Make It in October.
All in all, “we’re trying to bridge a very big Covid-tainted waters river, and unfortunately, [the new stimulus package] gets us only part of the way there,” Swonk said. “We’ll look raw on this and we’ll not wonder if we did too much – we’ll ask ourselves why we didn’t do more.”
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