Apart from the third federal incentive checks worth $1,400, some US citizens have or will receive payments from state governments offering further financial assistance beyond that approved in Washington.
California Approves $600 Incentive Checks
As part of Governor Gavin Newson’s California Comeback Plan, state lawmakers last week approved the $8.1 billion allotment for stimulus payments between $500 and $600, which will be paid to residents who earn between $30,000 and $75,000 per year. An additional $500 will also be provided for households with dependent children.
California residents earning less than $30,000 a year, including many undocumented workers who are excluded from federal incentive payments, were already receiving $600 out-of-pocket payments under the Golden State Stimulus plan in March.
Florida approves $1k for teachers and first responders
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved a $101.5 billion budget through which teachers and first responders will receive $1,000 directly from the state. More than 175,000 full-time classroom teachers and 3,000 principals are lining up for payment.
“We know that the pandemic has put tremendous pressure on our first responders, EMTs, sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters, and so we believe we should recognize their sacrifice over the past year,” DeSantis said after the measure’s approval, which will go to expected to cost $208.4 million. Florida will receive between $9 billion and $10 billion from US bailout, which DeSantis said is less than he would have liked.
Maryland, New Mexico issued stimulus measures in spring
California wasn’t the only state to offer incentive payments in the early spring. In February, The Maryland government approved incentive payments of $300 for individuals and $500 for joint applicants as part of the state’s RELIEF Act, which was passed before the approval of President Joe Biden’s US bailout plan.
Meanwhile, New Mexico began sending $600 payments in the form of tax credits to eligible residents in March. The one-time discounts were available to non-debit taxpayers, who receive the working family tax credit and have adjusted gross income of $31,200 or less (single filers) or $39,000 (filing jointly married, heads of households).
Cherokee Nation Approves $2k Incentive Checks
Last week, the Council of the Cherokee Nation — the second-largest Native American tribal government after the Navajo — also approved $2,000 direct payments to all Cherokee citizens, a measure that will be funded with money the tribe receives from the US bailout plan.
Under the measure, each Cherokee will receive two payments of $1,000 over a two-year period, and is expected to benefit approximately 400,000 Cherokee citizens, who reside in the United States but are primarily concentrated in Oklahoma.