Recent state relief payments vary in their reasoning, but all aim to help citizens with the cost of living either through new spending or using leftover state funds. The goal of the payments is to stimulate the economy, providing the origin for the term “stimulus.”
Eligibility varies greatly by state, with some offering wide-ranging relief payments, while others push for more targeted payments — and some are not doling out any form of payment.
Some states, such as Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia, are offering tax rebates paid for by budget surplus or other methods, while other states are taking more selective approaches, such as Florida’s payments to low-income families.
To check for which programs states are implementing and who is eligible, check your state government’s website or see what the latest updates are in several states here.
The total amount for the relief checks also varies greatly by state. States such as Georgia are offering taxpayers rebates for as little as $250 and as much as $375, while states such as Colorado are offering taxpayers rebates that range from $750 to $1,500.
Unlike in 2020 and 2021, there is no stimulus check from the federal government set for this year, and there are currently no plans for another round.