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4 states send payments in December 2021

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • Maine residents receive more than $280 in disaster payments
  • California has sent one-time payments under the Golden State Stimulus II program
  • Maryland sent its poorest families and individuals up to $500 in one-time payments

Residents of several areas in the United States will receive immediate financial aid next month as calls for a fourth round of stimulus controls continue to grow.

At least four states across the country are sending payments to their residents amid the lack of federal incentives. These states are Maine, California, Maryland and Florida.

Governor Janet Mills, D-Maine, announced on Nov. 12 a program that would send one-time disaster relief payments worth $285 to more than half a million residents of the state. The payments went out on November 15 and are expected to continue through the end of the year.

The payments will go to people who live full-time in Maine on adjusted gross incomes of less than $75,000. Couples who apply jointly and earn $150,000 are also eligible for the payments.

In California, residents with adjusted gross incomes of $1 to $75,000 and who live in the state for more than half of the 2020 tax year are expected to receive one-time payments of $500 to $1,100 under the Golden State Stimulus II Program. The program also covers some people without a Social Security number but with an ITIN.

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., signed a bipartisan incentive bill in February that included provisions for one-time payments to families and individuals. The program sent $500 checks to the state’s poorest families and $300 to the poorest individuals.

As part of Maryland’s $1.2 billion stimulus package, families will also see increased payments in the form of tax refunds over the next three years. The tax refund gives a family with two children making $25,000 a year an additional $1,100 a year, according to The Washington Post.

In Florida, first responders and educators for grades pre-K through 12 can receive $1,000 in one-time bonuses. The program would involve 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals, Governor Ron DeSantis said in a press release.

DeSantis, a Republican, also announced a $5,000 cash bonus for unvaccinated police officers who want to move to Florida from New York, Minneapolis and Seattle.

The direct payments come as calls for more federal stimulus continue to grow. AN Change.org petition by urging Congress to pass legislation for $2,000 monthly incentive checks, it has earned 2,965,618 of its signature target of three million.

As of Sunday, neither the White House nor lawmakers in Congress have signaled plans to discuss whether more aid checks will be issued to Americans.

The Federal Reserve's stimulus policy has helped the US economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic The Federal Reserve’s stimulus policy has helped the US economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic Photo: AFP / Daniel SLIM