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Despite no fourth stimulus check, which states are still giving money?

There is no chance of a fourth stimulus check, but some states are keeping their citizens happy by supplying their own checks.

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Despite no fourth stimulus check, which states are still giving money?
Nicholas Kamm AFP

Some states are continuing with payments for those in and out of work this year. There has already been three proper stimulus checks sent out in the 18 months, and only really California can afford to keep up a similar plan.

These are not all stimulus checks in the way the previous three were, but represent payments sent by state governments to its citizens. Many of them are related to the resumption of in-school teaching, or they are extra support for people rejoining the workforce. Stimulus in terms of stimulating the return to the workplace after the confinements and tribulations of the pandemic.

While many states are doing their own sort of repayments, such as extra money for teachers or enhanced tax breaks, these can't strictly be called stimulus checks. A list for them can be found here, but we will mainly be focusing on one state that is truly giving out more checks, California.

Golden State Stimulus

California is one of the few states that have started their own true stimulus checks. Now on their second edition, Golden State Stimulus II, residents can receive a $600 payment if they are making less than $75,000 a year. In February, the governor signed a law that allowed for the sending of $600 checks to low-income individuals and non-citizens who were unable to receive federal stimulus checks.

A media liaison at the tax agency told the Orange County Register that the state has sent out 5.7 million payments so far. Those payments represent around $4.1 billion of the $12 billion slated for the scheme that Governor Newsom touted as “the largest state tax rebate in American history.” With checks going to roughly two thirds of households in the state, or around 15.2 million taxpayers, there are still approximately 8.7 million payments to go.

New Mexico

In August, New Mexico’s state government announced that low-income residents, who were unable to receive federal stimulus checks, would be eligible for a $750 direct payment. When making the announcement, the Human Services Department said that the payments would go out to 4,000 residents and cost around $5 million.

What about other states?

Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas all have some form of payments, mainly aimed at teaching staff. For example, teachers in Florida are expected to receive a $1,000 check. This was at the expense of a permanent pay rise, however.