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There’s No FBI Fourth Stimulus Check, But These States Are Offering COVID Aid

There's No FBI Fourth Stimulus Check, But These States Are Offering COVID Aid

There’s No FBI Fourth Stimulus Check, But These States Are Offering COVID Aid

Do not hope for a fourth pandemic stimulus check from Congress. While many Americans, including more than 2.95 million petition signers, are calling for a new payment, lawmakers have moved on to debate infrastructure and other issues.

A number of states have intervened to provide funds to alleviate the financial hardships for residents. In fact, the nation’s largest state is about to send out another series of stimulus checks.

Here are all the states that are currently paying out aid money to help people cover household expenses or pay off debts as the financial impact of the pandemic continues.

California

San Francisco, USA.  September 14, 2021. California Governor Gavin Newsom addresses the press at a union event in San Francisco.

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California’s second round of stimulus has been underway since late August, when Governor Gavin Newsom (pictured) told taxpayers in a video message to “look for checks in your mailbox or directly in your account.”

Payments are still coming in waves, with distribution of a new batch scheduled to begin on Monday, November 15. It’s not clear how many checks will be sent this time around, but 750,000 went out in the latter group about two weeks ago.

Californians who earn $75,000 or less receive $500 to $1,100; you will receive a higher amount if you have dependents and were not eligible for a first round of incentive check at the beginning of this year. Those went to people making $30,000 or less.

Some states have made direct payments using their shares of $350 billion in aid to state and local governments through the massive COVID-19 stimulus bill that President Joe Biden signed in March. But California has tapped into a massive state budget surplus created by the rising stock market and other factors.

Florida

In recognition of the special difficulties teachers have faced in their way through the pandemic, Florida has distributed $1,000 checks to its educators.

The Sunshine State also pays first responders — including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters — up to $1,000 in thanks for the sacrifices they made during the crisis.

New Mexico

The New Mexico incentive program spent $5 million helping low-income residents who were ineligible for federal incentives. In August, more than 4,000 households received up to $750 in emergency financial assistance — but the state still had $1.4 million of its emergency cash pot left over.

So for 10 days in October, New Mexico officials accepted applications for a second round of aid targeting residents who did not qualify for federal stimulus checks and who did not receive state money over the summer. The state has not said when the new checks will be issued.

Tennessee

A bill passed by the Tennessee state legislature earlier this year will provide teachers with a risk payment to weather the worst of the pandemic.

Legislators had originally proposed a 2% increase for educators, but it was eventually replaced by a one-time payment of $1,000 for full-time teachers. Part-timers will receive $500. Checks are expected to be mailed by the end of 2021.

Texas

While there is no statewide program for COVID relief payments in Texas, some local school districts offer their employees incentives in the form of retention bonuses.

In the Dallas suburb of Irving, the bonus is a whopping $2,000. In nearby Denton, teachers are getting $500 and a 2% raise. Several Texas school districts have approved pay raises for educators instead of direct payments.

What if your state doesn’t offer an additional incentive?

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If you need more help, but your state doesn’t offer stimulus checks, you’ll have to find new relief on your own.

  • Tackle your debts. Credit is convenient, but it won’t be long before expensive interest catches up with you. If you’re juggling multiple credit card balances and other high-interest debt, fold them together into a single debt consolidation loan to pay off what you owe faster and more affordably.

  • Cut your insurance bills. If you haven’t shopped for a better rate on your auto insurance lately, you may be overpaying by hundreds of dollars each year, especially if you now work from home and drive less. A little comparison shopping can lower your car premiums.

  • Stretch out every dollar. Can you drop subscription services you don’t use? Can you downgrade your phone plan to save a few bucks each month? And finally, do you get the best deals when you shop online? If you’re not sure about the latter, try using a free browser add-on that automatically scours the web for better prices and coupons.

  • Turn your pennies into a portfolio. Make some money in the stock market even if you don’t have a lot of money to play with or a lot of experience in investing. A popular app can help you invest just “change” from everyday purchases – and turn your pennies into a diversified portfolio.

This article provides information only and should not be construed as advice. It comes without any kind of warranty.