Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia or Mississippi... is your state on the updated list for October? We've got updates from all the states handing out economic help.
States across the US are looking to provide an extra economic boost to their citizens in tough times and have been doing so with various forms of stimulus checks.
This state financial aid is being welcomed by families across various US states. At this time of difficulty, those living in states with their own stimulus checks are able to better cope with the aftermath of the pandemic.
These stimulus checks are benefits that have been given out by governments to low-income and medium-income families, helping Americans to cope financially with the challenges brought about by COVID-19. There have been federal stimulus checks sent out by the US government and now certain states are making similar payments to their own citizens. As a result, families across the United States are eager to find out whether or not they will be eligible for such forms of aid, and that is why we have decided to take a look at what various states' are preparing in regards to stimulus checks and other forms of economic help.
Below, we have outlined states where stimulus checks are either being prepared or debated, or where money is already being given out to residents. We'll also explain how to qualify for these fourth stimulus checks.
Stimulus Checks status - Stimulus October Updated List
Despite the deadline for sending out the money being set for December 31, various states are already in the process of sending out checks where they are most needed. Furthermore, every new month can bring fresh updates, so here comes a look at the stimulus check situation in every state for October 2021. Below, we run through the various states and explain the situation regarding stimulus checks in each.
Residents in Alaska may qualify for some additional money through the Federal State Extended Benefit program, which could bring another 13 to 20 weeks of checks. This, though, is only possible for certain residents and it depends on how much of this pot of money has already been claimed. Furthermore, Alaskans are waiting for updates regarding what will happen with the annual oil wealth checks.
The situation in Arkansas is still very much up in the air, with the Arkansas state government currently involved in a legal battle with its own residents over the end of the federal unemployment benefits that were worth 300 dollars per week. Until that battle is resolved, any talk of a fourth check is likely to have to wait.
California - Golden State Stimulus
As things stand, California is the only state that have sent a stimulus check from their own money in the form of the Golden State Stimulus, as the state has a budget surplus due to their tax system. Residents earning 30,000-75,000 dollars a year are entitled to 500 or 600 dollars, as well as 500 dollars to be paid to households with dependent children. (Read more about the California stimulus).
New checks on October 5
Beginning on September 17, these Golden State Stimulus payments have begun to be sent out to eligible citizens across California, however if you are expecting to receive the check via mail, these will be sent from October 5.
People who received at least one unemployment payment between March 15, 2020, and October 24, 2020, will receive 375 dollars. However, those on higher incomes who qualified for more than 500 per week in employment benefits will not be eligible.
Florida Stimulus checks
Most teachers and administrators were allocated a 1,000 dollar payment, though things are still in development.
Georgia's plan is generous, and full-time teachers and administrators will pocket 1,000 dollars, while part-time teachers will take 500 dollars. Pre-K educators will also likely have payments to claim.
All state and local taxes on unemployment benefits have been repealed, and stimulus payments of 500 dollars for families and 300 dollars for individuals who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit were also passed in the legislation.
Some 700m dollars have been set aside for farmworkers and meat packers and around 20 million of that will go to grocery store workers, with the funds provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Mississippi was one of the first states where the unemployment benefits stimulus payments ended early and there are currently no plans for more stimulus checks to be paid out. This is one of the states where a fresh round of payments looks unlikely.
In a bid to boost the locals' economic situation in Michigan, the state has started to send 500 dollar hazard pay bonuses to their teachers.
In New Mexico, there is a program that plans to distribute five million dollars to residents who didn't qualify for the federal payments.
In New York, there is a 2.1 billion dollar fund for undocumented workers who were unable to claim financial aid via the federal stimulus. In order to qualify, you will need to be a resident of the state and have made less than 26,208 dollars in 2020.
Furthermore, the New York City Artist Corps will be supporting local artists in the form of a one-off payment set to be distributed in the month of October.
Checks of 1,000 dollars will be sent to teachers, labelled as hazard pay bonuses, and part-time teachers will get 500 dollars.
Nothing state-wide has been confirmed, but Fort Worth and Arlington will increase the pay of district employees by four percent. Denton and Mansfile will increase pay by two percent, while Denton employees will also be given a bonus of 500 dollars. In Irving, a 2,000 dollar payment will be given to staff who return to classrooms in September.
In West Virginia, there are more than 7,700 unclaimed stimulus checks, Child Tax Credit and others.