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Stimulus payments are pouring in again — in one corner of the United States, at least. Maine is the latest US state to offer a new relief check to its residents. Since, remember, federal checks dried up when their support collapsed in Congress at the end of 2021.
This has led to a localized phenomenon, in which the situation with stimulus checks this year as opposed to 2021 comes down to luck knowing where people live. In states like Mainefor example, in stark contrast to how federal lawmakers in 2021 configured eligibility for relief checks to be broadly applicable to tens of millions of Americans.
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The $1.2 billion budget that Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law in recent days included funding for eligible people in the state to get $850 checks, while the average household would receive $1,700. $. In total, they reach around 858,000 people.
Emergency cheque: where is my payment?
The latest news on these Maine relief checks is that on Friday, April 22, the Mills administration set up a website, maine.gov/reliefchecks. There, people can go for answers about payments. Among the key details to know about them is the fact that the Maine effort, proposed by Mills and which won the near unanimous approval of the state legislature, comes from a surplus of State.
Stimulus checks are expected to return half of Maine’s budget surplus ($729.3 million) to, as the governor’s office said, “approximately 858,000 Maine residents struggling with rising costs due to the ‘pandemic-induced inflation’.
The new website above includes a number of FAQs and answers, such as that those eligible for relief checks must have an adjusted federal gross income of less than $100,000 if they are single or married. and filed separately; $150,000 if filing as head of household; or $200,000 for couples filing jointly.
A new stimulus check update
As noted, this comes at a time when such an effort is non-existent at the federal level. Which could turn into a political ticking time bomb for Democrats in a few months when the midterm elections roll around. Indeed, stimulus checks could mitigate the effects of some nasty macroeconomic challenges, like galloping inflation and rising gas prices.
Regarding the latter, headliner of the White House correspondents’ dinner Trevor Noah joked about it over the weekend. And even made President Biden himself laugh when he told the president not to worry, things were looking up. Inflation is going up, gas prices are going up, rent prices are going up…
That said, that’s why we’re seeing efforts like these right now in different states across the United States. In addition to relief checks in Maine, of course:
California: A gas tax refund of up to $400 per car for a maximum of two vehicles is under consideration.
Georgia: A tax rebate is coming. This will mean $250 for single filers, $375 for heads of household and $500 for joint filers.
Hawaii: A tax refund for every Hawaiian taxpayer is under consideration; $300 if you earn less than $100,000 and $100 if you earn more than $100,000.
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