SOME states are issuing a fourth stimulus check to help struggling Americans – check to see if you’re ready for more relief payments.
A handful of states are using their own funds to help low-income households or teachers, with the extra money expected to reach over 25 million people.
Many households have already spent the third stimulus checks – which the IRS began distributing in March.
And millions of Americans will lose their unemployment benefits starting today.
Federal programs officially end on September 6, but cash support will actually stop this weekend due to state administrative rules.
These rules prohibit states from paying partial weeks, meaning the last week of benefits payable will be the one ending September 4 or 5, depending on the state.
It is estimated that about 7.5 million Americans will lose their aid entirely when the payments – worth an additional $ 300 per week – end.
Although some federal lawmakers have discussed the idea of a fourth check, it is unlikely at this time as the White House is focused on infrastructure proposals.
But a fourth stimulus check could still be on the cards as Americans demand more money in petitions.
In the meantime, some states have moved to distribute another round of cash to help struggling residents as the Covid pandemic continues.
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In California, about 600,000 stimulus checks were sent out on Monday, and the California Franchise Tax Board said beneficiaries should expect to see the money in their accounts in the next few days.
About two million people are expected to receive the second round of payments, in the form of direct deposits and paper checks, by mid-September, state officials said.
The program has an estimated total value of $ 354 million.
The amount of payments out of each cycle will vary with each round, and no specific date has been given for the next cycle.
To claim the money, residents must file a 2020 state income tax return by October 15, according to the California Franchise Tax Board.
The California-only series of stimulus checks are sent to residents using federal funds from the Covid relief program and the state’s own budget surplus.
About 66% of California’s population is expected to receive at least one check for $ 600.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the stimulus effort would be the “largest state tax refund in US history” – with $ 12 billion in funds distributed to residents.
Many teachers in Texas will receive bonuses at the start of the school year, according to CBS Dallas Fort-Worth.
The additional checks have been approved by individual school districts, including Irving and Denton.
Irving teachers will receive a one-time payment of $ 2,000, while Denton employees will receive a retention bonus of $ 500.
Other Texas school districts have approved salary increases in an attempt to reward teachers for their efforts during the pandemic.
Maryland authorized stimulus checks earlier this year, but with a catch.
The extra money is only available to those who have claimed the earned income tax credit on their tax returns – a credit intended for low and moderate income earners.
For example, a married couple with two children is only eligible if their income is less than about $ 53,000, according to the state of Maryland.
Residents will receive $ 300, while couples who jointly deposit will receive $ 500.
But the deadline to file a tax return to receive the stimulus check was July 15, so it may be too late for some residents to qualify.
Earlier this year, Governor Ron DeSantis approved bonuses of $ 1,000 for teachers and state principals at his K-12 public schools and charter public schools.
This means that checks will be distributed to over 170,000 Florida residents.
The money started to land in mailboxes earlier this month, the Florida Education Association said.
According to CBS Miami, the funding comes from $ 216 million in federal stimulus funds.
DeSantis said the checks are “a token of appreciation” for teachers who worked during the Covid pandemic.
While many teachers may appreciate the money, the Florida Education Association slammed the bonuses, saying the program “ignores local control and bypasses locally elected school boards.”
“School districts have the ability to send these relief checks to teachers quickly,” he said. “Delaying the receipt of checks so that Governor DeSantis can put his name on the check is an act of political desperation.”