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Yes, it’s hard to wrap your brain around how much money $2 trillion really is.
That’s where cost-estimating website HowMuch.net comes in. President Trump last week signed a $2 trillion bill to boost the economy during the coronavirus shutdown. The headline number for many was the $1,200 check that will give a lifeline for a big chunk of the population.
But there’s so much more going on here.
“It’s hard to imagine just how much money is at stake, much less where it’s going and who is going to benefit,” HowMuch.net editor Juan Carlos Sanchez wrote, referring to this detailed chart:
As you can see, individuals receive the biggest boost from this sweeping package, with about $560 billion going directly in to their pockets as cash payments or additional unemployment benefits. The big companies get $500 billion, with $58 billion to help the crushed airline sector.
Small businesses will get $350 billion in guaranteed loans that can be forgiven provided they don’t lay anybody off during the weeks and months ahead. Congress also appropriated money for a variety of different situations, including extra funding for hospitals and relief for student loans.
Also of note, some smaller items unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic were added to the massive piece of legislation, including $25 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, $7.5 million for the Smithsonian and $75 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As the impact of the package sinks in, buyers came back to the table Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
, S&P 500 index
all up more than 2% early.