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Great idea to write this letter.  It is especially important for people who are not “employees,” who will not have the option of having their salary continue while they work from home.  My niece works as an entertainer in Las Vegas.  The entire city is based on entertainment in large crowds.  The vast majority of workers are “gig” workers, who have no income if they have no gigs.

Even in our own profession, there are many, many “adjuncts” who will also not have a job or an income (unless they teach online).  I clearly don’t need to explain all this to members of this list, who are already well aware of these problems.  I am just concerned about the measures being considered which are directed primarily at “employees” (or at businesses) rather than at individuals and families.

Dell Champlin

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Subject: Re: Emergency Government Household Income

I will circulate to my faculty and return directly to you Tim. Others might do similar. Charles, if there’s a better way please let us all know.

Best,
Tom

Dr. Thomas Kemp
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
715 836 2150
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Subject: Re: Emergency Government Household Income

With the help of some people on this list I have a potential letter to put forward.  I don't have the facilities to gather names or get this published in a paper.  I know several of you on here know people who do have those facilities.  Please help me make this happen.  I have friends terrified of becoming homeless.  I have students who are not eating.  Can we please get this letter, or something similar, out there in the public and gather signatures.  Please feel free to spread this.  And if someone has facilities to make this able to be signed by people feel free to contact me.



To Members of Congress:

In this time of fear and distress, households across the United States face not just the threat of severe illness, but also the prospect of financial ruin. If the current pandemic bankrupts millions of households, America's social fabric will suffer catastrophic damage. The Trump administration supports an emergency stimulus package of $850 billion dollars. We, the undersigned economists, urge you to promptly enact such a stimulus—and ensure that the vast majority of its funds are sent to American families in the form of direct household relief.

The amount of $850 billion is enough to provide everyone in the country with a check of $2,500.  It is not enough to have aid coming through unemployment insurance or sick leave at some unspecified future date.  Instead families need aid now, in the form of direct payments based upon the size of the household.  During this time of widespread "sheltering in place," an emergency payment of $10,000 would provide vital and timely assistance to countless four-person families.

Direct aid would go far in helping those now out of work, worrying how they will pay for food, rent, and other essentials—and assist parents struggling to pay for childcare now that schools are closed.

The nation might not have been able to prevent the arrival of COVID-19, but a household financial crisis is avertable. Millions of households are on the edge of financial chaos. They are counting on you for bold and decisive leadership.

The time to act is now, and that action must come in the form of emergency financial assistance for America’s households.



Signed



Timothy A Wunder

Clinical Associate Professor of Economics

Department of Economics



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I agree as well.

Malcolm Rutherford
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On Mar 17, 2020, at 7:35 AM, Kemp, Thomas A. <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:


Tim,



I agree.



Maybe go ahead and draft a letter (I’d be happy to do editing if you’d like) and then circulate.



I’d keep it short and simple – something along the lines of the need to assist households with mounting debt while they are being encouraged not to go to work.



For sure I’d be willing to sign onto something like this.



Best,

Tom



Dr. Thomas Kemp

Professor and Chair

Department of Economics

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

715 836 2150

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Subject: Emergency Government Household Income



Can we get an open letter started calling on the government to get money to families directly?  There is a proposal for 850 billion in emergency funds.  That's enough to give every man woman and child $2500.  Can someone more influential than I am start an open letter calling for the government to send households money directly.  So a household of 4 would get $10k.  A household of 2 would get $5k.



This would be incredibly popular and it would actually help the people.

I know there are people on this list who could organize something like this.  Retail workers are terrified, as are so many Americans.  Perhaps this is something we could do to help.



Tim



Timothy A Wunder

Clinical Associate Professor of Economics

Department of Economics