Washington is finally responding with force to the coronavirus outbreak. This week, Congress agreed to the largest economic relief package in U.S. history to support families and businesses whose finances have been devastated by the crisis. These measures and more are essential for supporting public health efforts to contain the virus and preventing long-term damage to the American economy. But how much will they cost? Although price tags shouldn’t prevent policymakers and their constituents from taking any action necessary to combat the worst pandemic of our lifetimes, they can help prepare everyone for the hard choices we will have to face when this crisis is over.
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