President Bush didn't give many specifics, but he says an economic stimulus package should include "direct and rapid" tax relief for individuals. He's talking about an overall tax relief plan that could total $145 billion.
An AP story today said both the White House and Democrats are talking about tax rebates:
Back in 2001, Bush added refunds of up to $300 per individual and $600 per household as a recession-fighting element of the tax cut plan that had been the centerpiece of his 2000 campaign.
Economists said a reasonable range for tax cuts in the new package might be $500 to $1,000. A White House plan is looking at rebates of up to $800 for individuals and $1,600 for married
Congressional leaders are talking about smaller rebates, in the range of $500 for individuals, but they have yet to work out the details.
So, how would you spend the rebate? Or would you save it? Or does it go right to Xcel Energy to pay this month's heating bill?
By the way on Midday at noon Gary Eichten will talk to state economist Tom Stinson and Paul Anton, chief economist at the Wilder Research Center about the economy. Earlier this week when Stinson said Minnesota is already in a recession, Gov. Pawlenty said he was being pessimistic.