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Article 2 (Feb 2018): Getting Rid of the Penny

February 23, 2018
Eliminating the penny from circulation would save everyone time and money, according to the Brookings Institute.  As recently as the 1940s a penny had the purchasing power of about 66 cents in today's money and allowed stores to price a lot of cheap goods at that denomination. Fast forward to the year 2018 and almost nothing can be bought for a penny.  They take up space in registers and pockets and create unnecessary wastes of time in the checkout line.
 
More egregious is that pennies currently cost about two cents to make at today's costs, so the government and taxpayers are effectively losing money with every minted coin.
 
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