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Stimulus update: These states are giving extra relief money to residents – NJ.com

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There is high interest in the United States for a fourth stimulus check, but despite the demand, it does not look like the federal government is giving out one anytime soon.

There are several states, however, that are giving out or already have given extra stimulus payments of relief money to residents.

That list does not include New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York.

Below is a roundup of the states that have sent money or will send money, how much, and who it goes to.

In July, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $100 billion relief package that will enable direct payments to be disbursed to millions of residents.

The package puts forth $12 billion toward stimulus relief. Most Californians will receive a $600 check starting in September. Families with children are eligible to receive an additional $500.

Newsom’s office said the checks will be distributed to “nearly two-thirds of Californians.”

Nearly 200,000 first responders are eligible to receive one-time payments of $1,000, according to the office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Teachers and educators also are expected to receive the one-time $1,000 payments.

“These funds are provided for the department to provide full-time classroom teachers, to include certified prekindergarten teachers funded in the Florida Education Finance Program, and principals in district schools and charter schools and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind with a one-time bonus of $1,000,” according to the lawmaker-passed budget signed by DeSantis.

Georgia issued a $1,000 “retention bonus” in March to about 230,000 K-12 public school teachers and staffers.

The money came from the $660.6 million in stimulus money the state received, and the program cost $230.5 million.

Michigan sent out $500 in hazard pay bonuses for teachers and $250 for staffers at the end of February, costing the state $73 million.

Thousands of low-income New Mexico residents are expected to receive a one-time payment of up to $750, according to the New Mexico Human Services Department.

The department said the initiative is part of a $5 million state-funded program that gives financial help to low-income New Mexicans, giving priority to those with the lowest incomes.

“These support payments are critical to many New Mexico families,” Human Services Secretary David Scrase said. “We are proud of this effort and will continue providing support to New Mexicans in need.”

The Tennessee state legislature passed a bill in June allowing full-time teachers to receive a $1,000 check and part-time teachers to receive a $500 check.

The direct payments are expected to be issued throughout the course of 2021.

Colorado and Texas had previously deliberated about sending bonuses for teachers, but nothing came of it.

Meanwhile, a bill in Hawaii to give teachers a one-time $2,200 payment was vetoed by the governor.

Related stories about the stimulus:

$1,000 bonus checks are being sent to some people; here’s who gets them

Stimulus update: $2,000 monthly checks? Petition now has 2.8 million signatures

Is a 4th stimulus check coming in 2021?

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