MORE than a dozen states are sending direct payments to millions of residents over the course of this year.
As millions of Americans feel the effects of inflation, 14 states will issue payments to their residents in the form of tax rebates.
For instance, Maine has been sending out rebate checks worth $850 per individual and $1,700 for the average family.
Plus, hundreds of thousands of people in New Mexico are set to get tax rebates of up to $500, and thousands of Hawaii residents will get a one-time tax refund worth $1,200 in weeks.
Finally, Governor Gavin Newson of California announced 23million residents will benefit from direct payments of up to $1,050, with payments going out later this year.
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Kentucky young adults will get monthly payments
Young adults in Louisville, Kentucky will get $500 monthly payments.
The program is called YALift! (Young Adult Louisville Income for Transformation).
The payments will go out to 150 young people between the ages of 18 and 24.
The program stopped accepting applications in late February.
Historic dividend amount in Alaska this year
As part of this year’s dividend, Alaskan residents will receive two inflation relief payments totaling $3,200, according to state officials.
The larger of the two payments will come from Alaska’s Permanent Fund.
This lump sum of $2,550 will be from all the oil wealth’s dividends of the state.
The second payment is an energy relief payment of $650.
Alaska has been giving out stimulus for decades
Alaska takes money from the state’s $77.23 billion reserve fund and gives it out to residents yearly, according to Investopedia.
The program invests money from the surplus it gets for the development of its oil and gas reserves in equities, as well as real estate, among other things, to provide payouts to Alaskans.
In 2021, the payment was $1,114.
How a guaranteed income program helped Tacoma residents
Abigail Lawson, who is running Tacoma, Washington’s guaranteed income program, told NPR affiliate KNKX that most families are spending the money on basic needs.
“When I was onboarding one of our recipients, she and her daughter were houseless,” she said.
“And the last time that I chatted with them, they were in a safe apartment.”
Another recipient was able to take her mother to a family friend’s funeral across the county.
Others are saving for a down payment on a house, and one family with six kids was able to take them ice-staking.
“People are (just) trying to get ahead,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards told the outlet.
Mom spills how Tacoma program impacted her, continued
Bartella said she was wary of telling friends and family about the program and didn’t always think she deserved it.
“It was a huge leap to get past the guilt and shame of ‘who am I to accept this?'” she said.
“There is that assumption that you always have to be doing something to be deserving of receiving, and it’s just strange because we are always doing something. We are.”
The money has helped her resolve her debt and not have to get a second job.
“I just work one full-time job and that’s great,” she said.
“It allows me time to go to my parents’ house on the weekend and help out with them.”
“My daughter just had her first kid and so I’m a grandma and I get time to be with him,” she added.
Mom spills how Tacoma program impacted her
Stephanie Bartella, 46, told NPR affiliate KNKX that when she heard about Tacoma, Washington‘s UBI program, she thought it was too good to be true.
The single mom, who works full-time at a small college, was planning to get a second job before the program, having accumulated debt after purchasing a house after getting out of an “unhealthy” relationship and going back to school.
With the new program, she can cover the basic needs of her family, pull herself out of debt, and even have extra money left over for trips.
Researchers study UBI in Washington
In Tacoma, Washington, 110 families began receiving $500 monthly checks in December.
Their payments will continue through the end of the year.
Dona Ponepinto, president and CEO of United Way of Pierce County, said told K5, an NBC affiliate, that researchers are tracking the families to see how they spend their cash.
Ponepinto said they hope to demonstrate the impact of guaranteed income and provide lawmakers with a roadmap and information to create long-term guaranteed income legislation.
Minnesota families share how UBI changed their lives
In 2020, St. Paul, Minnesota, launched a guaranteed income program for 150 families.
They received $500 for 18 months.
For Andrea Coleman, a single mom working part-time as a home care nurse, the program was life-changing.
“Because of [guaranteed basic income], if the people I cared for could not take care of me, I knew that I could give them a break,” Coleman told PRISM.
“I could take the work I needed, and still focus on caring for my family.”
Baltimore gives UBI to young parents
Baltimore Young Families Success Fund is providing 200 young Baltimore, Maryland parents, between 18-24 years old, with a cash payment of $1,000 per month over the course of 24 months, according to the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success.
Applications for the program are currently closed.
Applicants needed to have income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify.
Millions in Pennsylvania might see $2,000 checks
Millions of Americans in Pennsylvania could be in line for a $2,000 payment.
Governor Tom Wolf proposed to use $500million of funding from the American Rescue Plan to provide direct payments to households.
Households with an income of $80,000 or less would be eligible for the checks if the governor’s proposal passes.
“The cost of everything from gas to groceries is rising, and for Pennsylvanians living paycheck to paycheck that can mean painful decisions,” Governor Wolf said.
“Pennsylvanians deserve to be supported and the opportunity to thrive.”
Kansas slashes grocery tax
Lawmakers in Kansas are agreed to eliminate the state’s grocery tax by 2025.
Currently, it stands at 6.5 percent.
The tax will be reduced to four per cent next year, and two per cent in 2024, before being completely phased out in 2025, according to KWCH.
Minnesota residents might see rebate
Couples in Minnesota earning less than $273,470 could get a rebate of $1,000 amid rising gas prices, according to Governor Tim Walz.
The politician has also called for direct $500 checks for adults who make less than $164,400.
Walz told reporters: “It’s quite a few fill-ups that you could get out of $1,000. I think this money in the hands of folks before summer would make a good difference. And it’s fiscally responsible.”
Consumer watchdogs warn against high utility prices
Consumer groups have said households will pay 8 percent more for utilities this summer, PBS reported.
Specifically, residents of Pennsylvania will pay from 8 to 38 percent more for electricity.
Electricity prices are up due to the rising cost of gas.
The rise in the cost of utilities may strain the wallets of Americans even more, especially as federal stimulus aid does not seem to be in the cards.
Stimulus payments in Ohio, part three
More than 7million Ohio residents would benefit from the proposal.
According to Whaley, $350 would cover what the average resident pays in gasoline taxes, “plus extra money for other essentials”.
As of June 14, a gallon of gasoline cost $5.04 on average in Ohio, according to AAA.
Stimulus payments in Ohio, continued
The Scioto Valley Guardian reported that Ohio will receive $2.68billion in funding from the next round of American Rescue Plan payments.
These funds will cover the cost of the payments.
Whaley’s plan would send $350 to individuals earning less than $80,000 annually, and $750 to couples making no more than $160,000.
Stimulus payments in Ohio
A gubernatorial candidate in Ohio has announced her intention to send out $350 stimulus payments to fight inflation.
In an interview with the Scioto Valley Guardian, Democratic nominee Nan Whaley shared her plan to help Ohio residents handle soaring costs.
Whaley easily won the Democratic primary for governor of Ohio, earning 65.1 percent of the vote in the state’s May 3 primary.
However, she faces stiff competition against incumbent Governor Mike DeWine in the general election.
Bonus checks in Massachusetts
Payments worth $500 for eligible workers in Massachusetts were sent out in May and June.
The funds were be provided under Massachusett’s Essential Employee Premium Pay program.
Eligibility was determined by 2021 income.
Mortgage help up to $65,000, continued
To qualify, Bexar County residents must:
Mortgage help up to $65,000 in Texas
Homeowners in Bexar County, Texas may claim federal dollars to help pay their mortgages.
The Texas Homeowner Assistance Fund will now provide financial aid to qualified Texas homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage.
The maximum assistance is $40,000 per household.
For those past due on property taxes, property insurance, HOA or condo association fees, the maximum assistance is $25,000 per household.
$250 child tax credits began July 1 in Connecticut
Applications for $250 child tax credits, which come in the form of a tax rebate, opened in Connecticut.
They will remain open from June 1 to July 31.
Connecticut families may claim up to three credits, worth $250 each.
The payments come as Connecticut’s record-smashing budget surplus has come to light.
The tax rebates are part of an updated budget plan, which kicked in on July 1.
Shreveport residents seeing cash
At least 110 residents in Shreveport, Louisiana have started receiving $660 monthly payments for a year.
To get the payments, a resident in the city must be a single parent with an income 120 percent below the federal poverty line.
The city defines a single parent as a mother, father, stepparent, grandparent, caregiver, or legal guardian with a school-age child.
The child has to have been at least three years old and less than 20 years old as of August 2021.
Monthly payments in North Carolina
In December 2021, Durham, North Carolina launched its Excel pilot program that is giving out $600 monthly payments for a year.
Most of the funds for the $700,000 pilot program will be provided by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
The program first planned on giving $500 a month under the program, but an anonymous grant increased the amount.
Eligible participants must be at least 18 years old and formerly incarcerated.
And although there’s no work requirement, if you earn an income, it must not exceed 60 percent of the area’s median income.
Stimulus check scam texts to look out for
Residents were alerted by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles to fake text texts claiming $1,500 in gas reimbursements.
Phishing emails and messages are made to seem like regular emails or messages, but they can really damage your computer or phone and may even leak your personal information.
Most phishing emails contain a link that, if you click on it, may reveal your personal information to con artists.
The government claims that some New Yorkers have received texts from someone posing as DMV representatives but actually being someone else.
These SMS advise New Yorkers to click a link to find out whether they qualify for $1,500 refunds that the state is allegedly giving to help with gasoline costs.
NY undocumented workers receive checks
New York also sent out payments to residents who didn’t qualify for federal aid, such as undocumented workers.
To qualify for this payment in New York, you had to have been a resident of the state and have made less than $26,208 in the year before April 2021, The City reported.
New York aid to artists
The New York City Artist Corps (CAC) program handed out one-time grants to 1,800 artists, with the payments set to go out by the end of last October.
It was aimed at helping artists sustain their practice and engage the public in what’s said to be thousands of cultural programs. The cash was given out to New York City-based artists who suffered financially during the coronavirus crisis.
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MORE than a dozen states are sending direct payments to millions of residents over the course of this year.