Foreign Spouses Eligible for Stimulus Vouchers?|明公布振興券實施內容 傳納外配與中配
The Executive Yuan will announce details on its stimulus vouchers and who can receive these vouchers on June 2. According to reports, those eligible include ROC citizens, and foreign or Mainland Chinese spouses with resident permits. Both ruling and opposition lawmakers expressed support, though some still say, that cash distributions would be much better.
According to the government, there have not been any new cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan in 49 days. Stimulus vouchers won't be distributed until July and details won't be announced until June 2, but foreign or Mainland spouses with resident permits will probably be eligible.
A foreign spouse with a resident permit can, in theory, take her national health insurance to a brick and mortar store and buy things or, after data binding, she can get this voucher.
Now is definitely an excellent time for distribution. However, the main point is they need to be convenient to use and convenient to get without making society pay unnecessary administrative costs. The lessons we have learned in the past still apply.
While pan-blue lawmakers support the eligibility measure, they say cash distributions are preferred by citizens because the government will have to shell out taxpayer dollars to print the vouchers and require human resources to distribute them. In addition, citizens have to pay NT$1,000 to get a NT$3,000 voucher. Kuomintang lawmaker Yang Chiung-ying once again reiterated the pan-blue camp's call for cash instead.
We still advocate widespread cash distributions of NT$6,000 to stimulate consumption. There's still time for the Executive Yuan to make the change.
Why would vouchers be used to stimulate consumption? It's because it lets everyone go out and aggressively consume. That's what's important. So, I think the Kuomintang is trying to shift focus and shouting out numbers indiscriminately.
Lawmaker Chen Ting-fei says the bailout period is already over and the government has already handed out cash. According to Chen, Taiwan is now in the stimulus phase and stimulus vouchers will achieve that goal. The pressure is on Premier Su Tseng-chang to quell public criticism with his announcement on the 2nd.
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