Two direct payments worth $450 and $1000 on the way to some in Florida

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Florida has been sending out direct payments to needy families and first responders as inflation hurts the buying power of consumers across the country.

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.

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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.

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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.