Legislators OK $ 600 stimulus check for low-wage Oregonians
Legislators OK $ 600 stimulus check for low-wage Oregonians

Legislators OK $ 600 stimulus check for low-wage Oregonians

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – Earlier this week, Oregon State House Democrats passed a bill that would provide a one-time payment of $ 600 to low-income households with people working in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the bill was passed in Parliament by a vote of 42-16, it was also passed in the Senate this afternoon by a vote of 23-2.

“Low-wage workers are a critical part of our economy and are also the most vulnerable to the increase
expenses for daily necessities, ”said Senator Kathleen Taylor (D-Portland), chair of the Senate Committee on Labor and Business, who led the bill on the Senate floor. “Cash payments make a huge difference in the lives of individuals and working families. They can help pay a consumption bill, buy necessary medications or necessities like diapers and groceries. Cash payments also relieve stress, giving families some support to deal with those obstacles “They meet in their daily lives. House Bill 4157 is an opportunity to show support for our low-wage workers when they show up to do the jobs on which our economy depends.”

The payment is intended to help meet the rising cost of living and help the necessities of working families such as rent, groceries, prescriptions and childcare.

“Right now, many Oregonians, including myself, have struggled to make ends meet as the cost of living has skyrocketed,” State Representative Andrea Valderrama (D-Portland), the main sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. “These payments can make a huge difference for low-income people and working families: they can help pay a consumption bill, buy necessary medicine or necessities like diapers and groceries.”

Those who qualified for and claimed the tax deduction on their 2020 personal tax returns or submitted an amended 2020 tax return by April 15 will be eligible to receive the payments. According to the Department of Revenue (DOR), an estimated 250,000 Oregonians will qualify.

“We know that the prosperity gap has only widened since the pandemic,” State Representative Rachel Prusak (D-West Linn) said in a statement. “This means that rising costs are disproportionately affecting our lowest paid workers. With this legislation, we are reaching the working families and individuals whose hard work is crucial and forms the backbone of our economy.”

Eligible Oregonians will not be required to go through an application process and can expect checks or a direct deposit as early as June.

Payments will be distributed through DOR, and funding will come from the state’s fiscal recovery program, part of the U.S. Rescue Planning Act.

The bill will now go to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

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