A $200 BONUS stimulus check was proposed by Illinois lawmakers to help needy Americans in the run up to Christmas.
The proposal was made by Republicans in the state House of Representatives.
If it becomes law, individual taxpayers earning less than $75,000 would receive a check for $200, while the amount is $400 for joint filers earning less than $150,000, according to WCIA.
GOP state representative Tom Demmer said the aid would “mirror” some of the financial support given by the federal government in recent years.
He added: “With $400 not all problems will go away, but it can have a positive impact.
“It could be an extra week or two of groceries, it could be a few extra utility bills, or it could be the difference between being able to buy your kids new shoes or winter coats.”
Illinois isn’t the only state trying to help Americans in the run up to the holiday season.
Beginning Nov. 29, another series of incentive checks worth $1,100 will be sent to Californians.
About nine million people are expected to receive the extra money before the end of the year.
To qualify, your California Adjusted Gross Income (CAAGI) must be $1 to $75,000.
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The 2020 tax return must be filed by October 15 to qualify for the additional money.
Payments are sent based on the last three digits of the residents’ zip code.
For Californians with zip codes ending in 585-719, checks will be sent from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13.
The state stimulus checks are expected to be sent to homes in December and into the new year.
Retired workers will receive a surprise benefit in January as Social Security checks are expected to rise to about $1,600 a month.
New year stimulus checks will be the first to include the 5.9% increase — the highest increase since 1982.
But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices are up 6.3 percent in the past year.
Retired workers earned an average of about $1,562.66 in October, and their pay will rise to $1,654.65 when the new COLA is applied.
The checks will rise by an average of $92 from January.
But there are calls for the Biden administration to introduce another round of federal stimulus checks to help cash-strapped citizens amid crippling inflation.
In October, prices rose 6.2 percent from last year, when inflation reached its 31-year high.
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