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Batesville citizens see calming of conditions; Federal checks coming

Batesville and Panola County residents started Hump Day with news that coronavirus is spreading in Mississippi and around the nation, but with some calmness not afforded them before.

Police officials reported Tuesday that traffic counts in the city have stabilized, and even began to drop some. Grocery store traffic has begun to also level off, officials say. And, of course, restaurant traffic continues to be just a fraction of what is normal.

Meanwhile, cable news outlets are reporting the deal lawmakers struck early Wednesday – a $2 trillion stimulus package that includes sending checks directly to individuals amid the coronavirus crisis —  will likely take until at least May before the money goes out.

Under the plan as it was being negotiated, single Americans would receive $1,200, married couples would get $2,400, and parents would see $500 for each child under age 17.

The payments would start to phase out for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of more than $75,000, and those making more than $99,000 would not qualify at all. For couples, number would be doubled.

About 90 percent of Americans would be eligible to receive full or partial payments, according to estimates by the Tax Policy Center. Lawmakers set aside $250 billion for the so-called recovery rebates.

Qualifying income levels will be based on 2019 federal tax returns, if already filed. Otherwise they’ll be based on 2018 returns.

Earlier this month, the 2019 tax filing deadline was extended until July 15.