CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS CHECKS

Fourth Stimulus Check Update: what's the situation in every state?

Hopes of a fourth federal stimulus check have faded nationally, but some states are offering direct payments and other support to residents.

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Fourth Stimulus Check Update: what's the situation in every state?

The White House is hopeful of moving towards a deal on the remainder of President Biden’s huge Build Back Better agenda before the end of the month, with House Majority Leader Steney Hoyer hopeful of getting a framework in place before Monday.

Biden met with 19 lawmakers earlier this week in an attempt to find a compromise to satisfy his disparate caucus, and to secure the passage of a two-bill, multi-trillion-dollar social safety net and infrastructure package.

The chance of a fourth stimulus check being included in the legislation are non-existent but a number of states are in the process of, or have already, approved their own rounds of direct payments for residents. Here’s what we know so far about an additional stimulus check in each state…

Alabama stimulus check update

There seems little chance of a state-wide stimulus check in Alabama in the near future, after Gov. Kay Ivey defended his plans to spend federal pandemic relief funds to pay for the construction of additional prisons.

“The Democrat-controlled federal government has never had an issue with throwing trillions of dollars toward their ideological pet projects,” said Ivey in a statement released last month. “These prisons need to be built, and we have crafted a fiscally conservative plan.”

In the US, Alabama has the third-highest number of prisons, yet ranks 24th in terms of population. If the Govenor remains so worried about the state's prison system, examining what programs could be implemented to avoid incarceration could be a more financially sustainable solution in the long term.

Alaska stimulus check update

Alaskans could be in line to receive additional payments through the Federal-State Extended Benefits programme. An extra 13-20 weeks of financial support can be offered to out-of-work residents in states with particularly high unemployment rates, which Alaska currently has.

Arizona stimulus check update

There will be no fourth stimulus check in Arizona but a ‘return-to-work’ bonus will see unemployed residents receive a $2,000 direct payment if they find full-time work, or $1,000 for part-time employment.

Arkansas stimulus check update

There is little chance of extra direct payments for Arkansas residents in the near future. However the state does offer additional weeks’ unemployment support at times of very high unemployment, boosting the usual 25-week coverage.

California stimulus check update

Perhaps the most generous state-sponsored relief initiative comes in California, where two-thirds of residents are set to receive a Golden State stimulus check worth $600. As of 31 October, around 4.5 million of the more than 9 million residents eligible had received their checks. The vast majority of the remaining checks will be sent by mail.

Colorado stimulus check update

Another state to provide financial support is Colorado, but not in the form of stimulus checks. Back in May Gov. Polis signed his $800 million Colorado Recovery Plan into law which promises funding for: “Strengthening small business, revitalizing our infrastructure, supporting Colorado families, investing in rural Colorado and developing our workforce.”

Connecticut stimulus check update

On 30 August Gov. Lamont announced that the first round of $1,000 ‘Back to Work CT’ payments would be sent out to around 10,000 eligible applicants. The program has put aside roughly $10 million to provide a cash bonus for residents who have received regained work after losing their jobs during the pandemic. The program ends on 31 December 2021 and more information can be found on the state's website.

Delaware stimulus check update

There is no direct payment available for Delaware residents, but the state has spent $50 million on job training initiatives to help out-of-work residents, and middle and high school students, to find employment.

Florida stimulus check update

In Florida an additional round of $1,000 stimulus checks was reserved for around 170,000 teachers and principals across the state, as a ‘thank you’ for their work throughout the pandemic. Gov. Santis decided to spend $216 million of relief funds to ensure that educational staff remain in schools and continue to support the state’s children.

Georgia stimulus check update

Like Florida, Georgia’s stimulus check spending focused on educational staff, although that money was sent out in March 2021. There are, as it stands, no plans to expand on the roughly 230,000 teachers who received a payment then.

Hawaii stimulus check update

Residents in Hawaii have little chance of a state-wide stimulus check after attempts to pass an additional round of payments for teachers was overruled by Gov. Ige. Educational staff could have received up to $2,200 as part of the proposal, but that hope has faded.

Idaho stimulus check update

As part of the ‘Building Idaho’s Future’ covid-19 recovery plan passed in August, a tax relief initiative was introduced to provide a tax refund or grocery card worth up to $50 per taxpayer and dependant. Gov. Little said of the scheme: “These tax cuts boost Idahoans’ prosperity, and they keep our tax rates competitive and our business climate vibrant.”

Illinois stimulus check update

There are no plans for an additional round of direct payments in Illinois. However, the state has extended enhanced nutritional support, or SNAP benefits in the state to families with children. The state also waived the required interview through December 2021 to help families get access to benefits more quickly.

Indiana stimulus check update

Indiana residents will receive a state-funded tax refund worth a combined $545.3 million when they file their 2021 tax returns after the state recorded a budgetary surplus on the previous fiscal year. The money will be divided evenly between taxpayers so the exact amount on offer will depend on how many people file taxes next year, but a healthy refund could be on the cards.

Iowa stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Iowa.

Kansas stimulus check update

Another round of stimulus checks seems unlikely in Kansas, but thousands of residents could still be eligible to receive a payment. Back in July local CNBC affiliate KSNT revealed that more than 12,000 stimulus checks issued under President Trump have not yet reached eligible Kansans. In most cases, simply submitting a tax return will be enough to trigger the payment next year.

Kentucky stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Kentucky.

Louisiana stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Louisiana.

Most major cities in the state have undertaken a deliberative process to hear from the community on how they would like to see the government spend the funds from the American Rescue Plan. In the coming months, announcements on payments and other forms of assistance for residents could be made public.

Maine stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Maine. However, the state has $3.3 million to allocate as they see fit, and some leaders have suggested using a portion of the funds to assist immigrants who were ineligible for federal aid.

Maryland stimulus check update

The state of Maryland has offered some of the most far-reaching financial relief measures, with no state or local taxes to be levied on unemployment benefits this year. In addition, all individuals who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit will get a $300 additional stimulus check, while families will get $500. The first round of those payments was sent in mid-August, so should have arrived by now.

Massachusetts stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker announced in June that the legislature would vote on a plan on how to use the funds from the American Rescue Plan that would support first-time homebuyers, provide rental protections and assistance, workforce training programs, and more.

Michigan stimulus check update

Another state to provide an additional direct payment to educators is Michigan, where teachers ($500) and other members of school staff ($250) both received a stimulus check earlier this year. It is not thought that the state is considering another round of direct payments at this time.

Minnesota stimulus check update

More than 100,000 Minnesotans are thought to have missed out on the first round of stimulus checks, but the deadline to claim them has now passed and there is no real prospect of another round in the near future.

Mississippi stimulus check update

Mississippi is one of a number of states that has not yet outlined how it intends to spend the substantial financial aid provided in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. A fourth stimulus check is very unlikely but Gov. Reeves has created the ‘Restart Mississippi’ task force to decide how best to spend the roughly $1.8 billion.

Missouri stimulus check update

Gov. Parson of Missouri has also been reluctant to spend the federal funding, and has only outlined one proposal ($400 million for a broadband expansion) to date. “We want to try to find things that are going to benefit Missouri not just next year or the year after, but 10 or 20 years down the road,” budget director Dan Haug said.

Montana stimulus check update

In Montana, state officials have confirmed that the vast majority of the federal support will be spent on local infrastructure projects to boost the local economy, meaning that there will be no more stimulus checks.

Nebraska stimulus check update

In August Nebraska had the lowest unemployment rate in the whole of the US, recording just 2.2%. This has eased the pressure on the state government to pass additional stimulus legislation and, for now, there is no talk of additional direct payments.

Nevada stimulus check update

State and local government in Nevada has received an estimated $26.5 billion from the federal government over the course of the pandemic. This equates to more than 17% of the state’s annual budget, but none of it is likely to go towards another round of stimulus checks. The state Department of Education got around $1.2 billion, while nearly $300 million in recovery support went to the state’s metropolitan centres.

New Hampshire stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in New Hampshire.

New Jersey stimulus check update

Some residents will have received an extra payment from the state of New Jersey after a $500 tax rebate was sent out over summer to eligible New Jerseyans. Gov. Murphy confirmed: “This is cash on the barrel, and the millionaires tax – the so-called millionaires tax - that's going to be directly into checks that families up and down this state in the middle class, and those aspiring to get into the middle class, are going to receive.”

New Mexico stimulus check update

More than 4,500 low-income households in New Mexico should have received a $750 stimulus check payment from the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) in August. The HSD described the payments as “critical to many New Mexico families.”

On 12 October 2021 the HSD opened applications for a payment from a separate pot of $1.4 million economic relief for those who were not eligible for the previous payments.

New York stimulus check update

Undocumented workers in New York can access a $2.1 billion stimulus check fund, allowing those unable to claim the initial two stimulus checks to receive some support. You must simply be a state resident who earnt less than $26,000 in 2020, and have missed out on the previous stimulus checks.

North Carolina stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in North Carolina. In May, Gov. Roy Cooper recommended that funds from the American Rescue Plan be allocated to provide assistance to low-income residents. Gov. Cooper has proposed a budget that would allow $250 million for grants valued at $250 05 $500 depending on the annual gross income of the family. Details on how these grants will be distributed have not been released.

North Dakota stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in North Dakota.

Ohio stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Ohio.

Oklahoma stimulus check update

The state of Oklahoma has implemented a new programme called the Economic Stimulus Grant, funded by the American Rescue Plan, which provides direct payments for student teachers. More than $13 million has been allocated but the support is only available for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Oregon stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Oregon.

Pennsylvania stimulus check update

Pennsylvania lawmaker Rep. Dianne Herrin has defended the state’s decision not to provide additional stimulus checks, pointing out that some of the $7 billion of federal stimulus money has been put towards improving the standard and affordability of child care in the state.

Rhode Island stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Rhode Island.

South Carolina stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in South Carolina.

South Dakota stimulus check update

All 50 states received a considerable burst of funding from the federal government to help deal with the pandemic, but few benefitted as much as South Dakota. The Midwestern state received a payment worth 49% of its 2020 state tax revenues, and yet has done little with that money. There is no sign of a fourth stimulus check for residents.

Tennessee stimulus check update

Earlier this year the Tennessee state legislature passed SB1358, which provided a “one-time hazard pay bonus of $1,000 for full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees” of the state's public schools.

Texas stimulus check update

Another state focusing on educators for the additional stimulus checks is Texas, where individual school districts introduced various bonus schemes to encourage teachers back to the classroom. Fort Worth and Arlington have increased the pay of district employees by 4%; Denton has provided a bonus payment of $500; while the Irving school district has promised a $2,000 stimulus payment for teachers who returned to the classroom in September.

Utah stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Utah.

Vermont stimulus check update

To help boost the state’s economy, Vermont is offering to cover up to $7,500 in moving expenses for people relocating to the state due to employment in certain sectors like hospitality and construction. It’s not quite a stimulus check, but it offers a serious financial incentive for those considering a move.

Virginia stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Virginia.

Washington, DC stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Washington, DC.

West Virginia stimulus check update

The state of West Virginia bagged $677 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, but has decided not to use the money for stimulus checks. Over summer, county boards of education across the state oversaw a Summer Food Service Program which provided care and meal services for children.

Gov. Justice said of the scheme: “There’s already enough tragedy all around. We surely don’t need our kids going hungry.”

Wisconsin stimulus check update

There are currently no plans for an additional round of stimulus support in Wisconsin.

Wyoming stimulus check update

Gov. Gordon has focused the state’s economic recovery on reinvigorating the industries that are central to the local economy. Wyoming received $1.5 billion from the American Rescue Plan, much of which has funded tax relief for businesses, a boost for the oil and gas industry, and reviving the state’s tourism economy.

However, there are currently no plans to use any of the federal funding for an additional round of stimulus checks.