Poll: What Does $20 Mean To You?

Unless Congress can reach an agreement, federal payroll taxes will increase 2 percent on Jan. 1, costing the average family about $20 a week.

The average worker's weekly paycheck could be about $20 lighter beginning in just two weeks if Congress can't come to an agreement on an extension of the middle class payroll tax cut.

House Republicans killed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a provision avoiding Medicare payment cuts to doctors Tuesday by a 229-193 vote. The Senate voted Saturday by an 89-10 margin to extend all three for two months. All three provisions expire on Jan. 1.

House Republicans want the Senate to return and negotiate over a compromise plan. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he won't negotiate until the House approves the Senate's package.

If Congress can not reach a compromise by Jan. 1, federal payroll taxes will immediately increase by 2 percent. The average family making about $50,000 a year will lose $1,000, about $20 a week. A few years ago, that might not have meant much. But in this economy, it may significantly impact many families.

So we want to know: What would losing $20 a week mean to you?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below and answer today's poll: Should Congress reconsider and approve a payroll tax cut extension?

Richard December 24, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Tucker I agree. BO is only one of many, both locally and nationally, that have only their own self-interests in mind. I believe that in order to effect positive change we must start locally and force the changes to rise in the system. To hope that those on the state and national levels will miraculously (like Scrooge) get the message is a waste of time and energy. As I stated above, party must take a back seat to doing the right thing, for the common good of all the people. I disagree with throwing out all incumbents. As a concerned voter one should peel back the onion on each incumbent (voting record, true to their word, common good of all the people, etc.). In that way the baby will not be thrown out with the bath water. On all levels good incumbents can be found. But there are not enough of them now. WE NEED MORE!! A famous man once said "You cannot please all of the people all of the time". I believe that is true. Going forward much more will become evident about changes in NK politics and on the state level. Some of the changes will be very obvious, some not. But positive changes will be rolled out. The question will be whether or not the people of NK & RI really want the chamges, we'll see.
Chris12 December 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Richard- "when was the last time you thought of politics in any other context than Dem or Repub." Uh...Linc Chafee is an Independent. Nuff said...
give me a break December 25, 2011 at 03:44 PM
oh you poor souls , yeah that 20 bucks is going to ruin your life. well why not consider what the medicare cut will do to the elderlyincluding your parents so go right ahead and enjoy your 20 bucks.
NKGOP Watch December 25, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Wow, all so True! In fact, right here in NK the top vote getters include Liz Dolan, a Halley enabler from when he was running the schools and a Halley ally to this day. And (this is a fact) the dopey moms re-elect her because she caught her husband (Halleys lawyer) cheating on her for the second time and decided alcohol, battery, and getting arrested with the kids there was the best solution out of all the choices. THESE are the choices the voters make. I was at a candidate forum last election and the lady sitting next to me was taking notes when Dolan was spewing some load of crap. I tred to tell het about you know, Dolans history and what she really represents. The lady looked at me like she SHOULD have looked at Dolan. Another dopey yuppie in suburbia drinking that cool aid. Sad. There should be a test before people can vote.
Richard December 25, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Chafee switched from Repub to Independent because he had no by choice. He was elected with a very distinct minority of the votes cast. He won simply because of the number of candidates in the race, (an old slice & dice political end around, the irony was that it was not intentional). He certainly has proven by his performance and current pole numbers that the majority of voters were correct in not voting for him. Mr. Chafee is neither a Dem, Repub or Independent. He is an aberration who happened to be in the right place at the right time. I guarantee you that the next time he runs it will be for the political exit door. The voters got hoodwinked in 2010 it won't happen again for him.


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