Families across the country are still feeling the pinch as inflation remains at four-decade highs, prompting some governors and senators to call for new stimulus check payments or rebates in an effort to alleviate the financial pressure on Americans.
In March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the bipartisan CARES Act, which would provide the majority of Americans with one-time stimulus cheques of up to $1,200.
Then, in December 2020, Congress passed bipartisan legislation that provided most Americans with additional checks worth up to $600.
Democrats pushed through the American Rescue Plan without Republican backing after President Joe Biden assumed office. Direct payment of $1,400 was included in that bill.
The stimulus checks were a huge hit, with millions of people signing online petitions demanding more direct payments.
While the federal government appears unlikely to approve fresh checks in the near future, some state officials have begun their own efforts as families feel the pinch of inflation.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said this week that many residents of the state will get $2,000 stimulus payments.
“$500 million in ARPA [American Rescue Plan Act] funds would be used in Gov. Wolf’s proposed PA Opportunity Program to offer direct payments of up to $2,000 to Pennsylvania households with an income of $80,000 or less.
The program seeks to assist families who are still recovering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to assist them in covering pandemic-related costs and coping with the current, ever-increasing cost of living “According to a news statement posted on the governor’s website on Thursday,
While the notion may appeal to many Pennsylvania families and people, it is unclear whether Wolf’s plan will be implemented. The plan has been met with skepticism by Republicans in the eastern state assembly, who argue that there are better ways to spend ARPA monies.
Bridgeville Republican State Senator Devlin Robinson told that many of his Republican colleagues would prefer to spend the money on infrastructure rather than stimulus payments.
“However, there are better ways to spend the funds. Bridges are collapsing all over the city here in Pittsburgh. There are a lot of closures at the moment “Added him.
Even Democrats aren’t on board with the stimulus check proposal, according to House Republican caucus spokesman Jason Gottesman. “Even among Democrats, there is no agreement on how this money should be spent,” Gottesman added.
The governor sees the stimulus check plan as a short-term fix to assist Pennsylvanians in the short term as inflation affects their daily life.
“Prices for everything from gas to groceries have increased recently, and I’m here to discuss possible alternatives. I favor long-term options to better support working families,
like raising the minimum wage, but I’m also proposing a short-term solution to assist Pennsylvanians in getting back on their feet “This week, Wolf stated.
Similar proposals have been proposed by other governors. Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the state legislature announced the Colorado Cashback program on Monday, which would give eligible residents a $400 stipend this summer.
If passed, the state will issue tax refund checks to qualified residents who complete their 2021 state tax forms by May 31.
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“For a single filer, the Colorado Cashback will be $400, and for a joint filer, it will be $800. Coloradans will receive immediate relief under a bill presented in the legislature that will provide tax refunds by September 15 this year, rather than in the spring of 2023 “Polis’ office noted in a statement.
“In August or September, all qualifying Colorado income tax filers will get their rebate immediately in the mail.”
Maine’s Democratic Governor, Janet Mills, signed a bill into law earlier this month that will provide $850 to residents of the state.
Maine residents will have until October 31 to file a 2021 Maine individual income tax return and claim their stimulus cheque. Mills stated in a news statement last week, “We want to make sure that every eligible person is able to receive this support.”
Meanwhile, in an effort to assist Americans to save money at the pump, state authorities in Connecticut, Georgia, and Maryland have temporarily abolished state gas taxes.
Gas prices have risen dramatically in the last year, and they have risen much more since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in late February.
New York lawmakers decided earlier this month to temporarily suspend the state’s gas tax, bringing some respite to motorists.
Overall inflation is still at a 40-year high, with the cost of basic products like food, gas, and other necessities putting a heavier strain on many working families’ finances.