Stimulus News Update: All The Latest Information About A Potential Fourth Stimulus Check
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According to a Parliamentary panel assessment, the government's stimulus plan for the recovery of the pandemic-hit economy was judged to be "inadequate." The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, according to a report by the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, has ripped the economy, particularly the MSME sector, in the process of economic recovery following the first wave of the pandemic.
"The committee observes that the government's stimulus package for the economy's recovery from the pandemic has been found to be insufficient," it said, "as the measures adopted were more loan offerings and long-term measures rather than improving the cash flow to generate demand for immediate relief." It has been suggested that the government quickly provide a bigger economic package targeted at boosting demand, investment, exports, and job creation in order to aid the economy's recovery from the pandemic's aftermath, particularly for MSMEs. Various MSME organizations have indicated in their submissions to the committee that, owing to a significant drop in activity, most MSMEs are in a financial crisis and need urgent financing to deal with the unusual situation.
"It is anticipated that almost 25% of MSME loans will fail since many MSMEs are having difficulty obtaining working capital from banks," the organizations told the committee, according to the report published on Tuesday. Concerned about the dire situation of small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee has recommended that, in order to ensure small businesses' survival, the government provide them with much-needed liquidity support to keep their businesses running and create jobs for the workforce. It said that thorough research should be undertaken to evaluate the real losses incurred by the MSME sector in order to devise an efficient strategy for the industry's recovery.
The committee noted that the pandemic resulted in the loss of a large number of jobs, and suggested that a new National Employment Policy be considered, as well as exploring the feasibility of establishing a National Electronic Employment Exchange and developing a skill-based database to provide employment for skilled manpower in their area of expertise.
It was also recommended that stringent restrictions on late payments be put in place to guarantee that CPSEs issue payments on time, which would greatly assist MSMEs in meeting their working capital/credit needs. Appropriate instructions should be provided for CPSEs/PSUs to disclose delayed/pending payments (beyond 45 days) to MSMEs in their Annual Reports, in a distinct part, as it would impress upon the CPSEs/PSUs to make payments to MSMEs in a timely manner," it said.
It claimed that the Emergency Credit Linked Guarantee Scheme has a high success rate, but that only around half of the entire guarantee amount has been given to MSMEs. The banks should be more flexible in providing credit to MSMEs at this time and ensure that loans are released promptly the following approval, it said, adding that the RBI's 90-day limit for categorizing MSMEs' overdue should be raised to 180 days. On eCommerce, it was said that the MSME ministry may examine the operations of large eCommerce companies in order to implement efficient and effective methods in order to improve the sector's entrance and survival in eCommerce.
Parents who have a new kid this year may be eligible for assistance under the current batch of stimulus checks. The third wave of stimulus payments worth up to $1,400 per person was included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. In general, if someone meets the following criteria, they are entitled to the entire amount of the third Economic Impact Payment:
If you (and your spouse if you're filing a joint return) are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien, and
• you aren't a dependant on another taxpayer;
• their AGI (adjusted gross income) does not exceed:
If you're married and submitting a joint return, or if you're a qualified widow or widower, you may claim $150,000.
If you're filing as the head of a household, you'll get $112,500, and if you're filing as anybody else, you'll get $75,000. Those whose AGI exceeds those thresholds will have their benefits cut. This implies that individuals with an AGI of at least will not get a payout.
• $160,000 if you're married and submitting a joint return, or $160,000 if you're a qualified widow or widower.
• If you're filing as the head of a household, you'll have to pay $120,000.
• $80,000 for eligible people filing under any other category, including dependents, implying that parents get a payout for each qualifying kid.
Japan's economics minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, said on Friday that the government would move "without hesitation" to soften the economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, signaling the government's willingness to put together another spending package as the issue drags on GDP. As COVID-19 cases rise, Japan agreed on Friday to extend a state of emergency to three prefectures around the Olympic host city of Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, delaying an already shaky economic recovery.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is under pressure to deploy another relief package to appeal to voters ahead of general elections later this year, as his approval ratings have been damaged by delayed vaccines and his handling of the epidemic. "We'll keep a careful eye on economic circumstances, particularly the effect of illnesses and state-of-emergency restrictions," Nishimura said during a parliament session on the government's pandemic response.
When questioned about the prospect of putting together another stimulus package, Nishimura stated, "I'm in close contact with the prime minister, and we're ready to take macro-economic policy measures without hesitation." Lawmakers have stepped up demands for a fresh aid package to cope with the pandemic's long-term effects, with ruling party heavyweight Toshihiro Nikai proposing a 30 trillion yen ($274 billion) extra budget.
Suga will shortly order his administration to prepare another stimulus package financed by an additional budget to be approved by parliament after the elections, according to Japan's Jiji news agency. According to Jiji, the governing Liberal Democratic Party will draft a formal stimulus plan in early September.
To fight the epidemic, Tokyo has used huge stimulus programs totaling $3 trillion over the last year, increasing a debt load that is already the largest among global countries. Some experts wonder if the funds put aside as part of the packages are really utilized. According to Ministry of Finance statistics released on Friday, a record 30.8 trillion yen was leftover from the previous fiscal year's budget, with 4.7 trillion yen put aside for public works expenditure.
Over the last month, a petition for $2,000 monthly stimulus payments has gathered 175,000 signatures as the Delta variety spreads throughout the United States, pushing up COVID-19 infections in a new phase of the epidemic that has swamped many states.
Last year, Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin launched a Change.org petition urging the United States Senate and House of Representatives to pass legislation that would provide families with a "$2,000 payment for adults and $1,000 payment for children immediately and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis." As of Saturday, the petition had received over 2,795,300 signatures, including approximately 175,000 additional signatures in the last month. If it achieves its target of 3 million signatures, it will become one of Change.org's most popular petitions. The petition may reach its goal by late August or early September if it continues at its present rate.
More than 150 experts, including Jason Furman, the former head of the Obama administration's Council of Economic Advisers, 50 House members, and 21 senators have advocated regular direct assistance. However, the Biden administration has indicated that it is not a priority, preferring to concentrate on moving forward with its infrastructure plan.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day average of new infections rose by 26% and new fatalities increased by 18% in the previous week. The current outbreak follows a steady decrease in cases in the spring when most states began distributing vaccinations to the general public.
The stimulus petition is still growing, according to Bonin, who told Newsweek in July that "we're still in uncertain circumstances." She said in the petition, "Our nation is still severely suffering." "To keep our heads above water, we need quick checks and regular contributions. Congress must ensure that we are not financially destroyed as a result of our efforts to keep the nation healthy. " 21 Senate Democrats, headed by Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden, wrote to President Joe Biden on March 30 urging him to approve periodic direct payments until the epidemic is over.
The group included a diverse group of Democrats, from Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Michael Bennett of Colorado to Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as six committee chairs from the armed services, judiciary, budget, finance, banking, and agriculture committees. Despite the increasing pressure, it seems doubtful that more stimulus checks will be issued. Democrats are focusing their efforts on passing a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package and a $3.5 trillion budget bill, neither of which includes any direct payments.