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Targeted relief would actually cost more

To the editor:

For everyone out there that is calling for a more targeted distribution of the stimulus/relief checks, including the editorial of Feb. 1, I would like to take a moment and explain why it is not happening. It is simply a matter of cost and time.

This issue has been looked into and the expense of employing people, whether current employees being diverted or new hires, to spend the required time determining who should get what payments as per their individual needs would just add to the expensiveness of the bill. The increased time that is would take to do this work would drag out the distribution time so that was the other factor in deciding that a flat rate check is the way to go.

We are all not happy with the cost of this bill and the time it is taking for everyone to receive the last checks. Targeting, though it makes sense logically, practically and economically does not.

Eric Becht

Mifflintown

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