Community reacts to $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package

To sum it up, most people KEZI spoke to want more financial help, but some are still worried about the impact the stimulus could have on the economy.

Posted: Feb 21, 2021 7:50 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2021 7:52 PM

Eugene, Ore. --- Community members are reacting to the Democrats' massive coronavirus relief package that was released on Friday. 

RELATED: Democrats push for $15 minimum wage as House set to consider stimulus bill

The provisions include an increase to the federal minimum wage, direct stimulus checks, improved unemployment benefits, and more money for small businesses.

KEZI 9 News spoke with several local residents to see how they feel about the bill. The reactions from many residents was mixed. 

However, everyone seemed to be on the same page with the additional help for small business. 

"If they could do anything to keep that rolling, and not hurt the economy, that would help a lot of people," Eugene resident Gareth Butler said. 

"Definitely support small businesses, always have, always will," Eugene resident Scott Cissney said. 

When it comes to increasing the minimum wage people had mixed feelings. The current federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 and the proposed bill would change that to $15.

"On the surface it seems like it's a good idea, the problem is is that every time you raise minimum wage on that then prices get absorbed by the customer," Brian Kualas said. "So whether it's a cheeseburger, or you go to buy tools, it's going to come back to the customer." 

Also, the government would issue $1,400 direct checks for Americans making $75,000 or less per year, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits and more money for small businesses. 

Peter Stice, an educator in the Umatilla area, said this is a good start, but the government needs to do more to help the American people. 

"I was struggling on $15 an hour, and I don't have children. I couldn't imagine if I did have kids," Eugene resident Peter Stice said. 

To sum it up, most people KEZI spoke to want more financial help, but some are still worried about the impact the stimulus could have on the economy.

 

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