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Locals react to extra money in paychecks

Feb. 16, 2009 @ 10:10 PM

The proposed $787 billion economic stimulus bill that President Barack Obama is expected to sign today includes a provision for a $13-per-week tax reduction for workers starting in June.

For some Tri-State residents, that extra $13 a week in their paychecks will be seen as a welcome windfall. Others say it's just too little to make a dent during hard times.

Marshall University student Ashley Foster said a $13 weekly tax reduction would help her out tremendously.

"I work two jobs to pay for rent on top of going to school, so an extra $13 a week would make a huge difference for me," Foster said.

Robert Stewart, a worker at Marshall, said he equates the tax reduction to helping him pay his bills.

"(The) $13 a week will pay my phone bill," Stewart said. "The $13 would go toward food. It's not a lot of money, but money's money."

Though $13 a week isn't a grand amount, Becky Crawford, owner of Affinity Salon in Hurricane, said "It will trickle down to everybody."

Ralph Elliot of Teays Valley said he's frustrated at the suggested stimulus solutions proposed by President Barack Obama and what will amount to $13 a week in tax reductions.

"Boy, that's really putting themselves out there now, isn't it. It's just not going to work," Elliot said.

Owen Pleasant, of Burlington, Ohio, said the tax relief in the stimulus plan won't help him.

"I'm on a pension and it's not that much."

Donna Plybon, a Chesapeake area resident, said the $13 a week "is too little. Food costs are so high. I think it's a little cheap."

Herald-Dispatch reporters Dave Malloy and Cynthia Soto contributed to this report.

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