The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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January 3, 2013

Attempt to pump up economy may deflate household budgets

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He said all employees will be privy to the information prior to the next payroll period in two weeks.

Large corporations also have been proactive in providing workers with information.

“We’re actively reaching out to all team members through a variety of channels” including emails and employee “huddles” with supervisors, said Target spokesperson Molly Snyder.

Part-time Target employee Ryan Gehrke is taking a reasoned approach to having less money in his paycheck.

“Anytime you have less take-home pay you’re going to have to make accommodations. You have to roll with the punches. Basically, it’s going to be the paycheck you had two years ago.”

The ripple effect of the paycheck tax reversion also could effect the social services sector.

Blue Earth County Human Services Director Phil Claussen said some of the so-called working poor heretofore ineligible for public assistance  programs because they earned too much might now meet income-eligibility guidelines.

“For people living on tight margins even a small $25-$50 change can have a big effect. It’s a serious concern for our community,” Claussen said.

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