The $1,000 bonus to first responders was proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, in March, modeled after a bonus given to first responders last year. The state has been sending out the bonuses to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and other first responders since the spring.
The $450 stimulus check is being sent to families with foster or adopted children and those enrolled in the Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The checks are a part of a program called Hope Florida — A Pathway to Prosperity, which aims to help needy families.
DeSantis sent a letter with the checks explaining how the payments were intended to reduce the pain of inflation for these families.
“This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump,” the letter from the governor said.
Both payments are being funded using state surplus and are not new spending, according to the state. The payments are part of a trend of direct payments being sent to people as inflation sweeps the United States and the rest of the globe.