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Congress Debates Future of the Penny

Congress Debates Future of the Penny

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio Congress is again talking about the future of the penny. It costs two cents for the government to make one penny, which is made of zinc, then covered in copper.

So, the debate is over allowing the treasury to use a cheaper metal, like steel or aluminum, to make pennies. But several people who spoke with KSL Newsradio said they don't want pennies at all.

"As soon as they walk out of a store, and they got handed pennies, they'll throw it on the floor," one woman said.

Another person said he has a jar full of pennies, but has no idea what he's going to do with them.

KSL Newsradio did an experiment to see what people would do if they found a penny on the sidewalk.

Dozens of people went by, and nobody picked it up. Maybe a shiny steel penny would change that.

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