These 8 States Are Sending Their Own Stimulus Checks As Federal Legislation Stalls

It has become increasingly clear that a fourth federal stimulus check is unlikely to be sent out. But eight states have pledged to deliver further direct payments to some of their residents.


Governor Gavin Newsom signed his $100 billion 2021 California Comeback Plan last month that includes $8.1 billion for stimulus payments. Under the state's recently approved economic recovery budget package, taxpayers earning between $30,000 and $75,000 a year will receive a $600 check. Parents and guardians will receive $500 for each dependent child, and undocumented migrant families will also receive $500.

Officials say the payments will be sent out in September, and about 26 million of the state's 39.5 million residents—or two-thirds of the population—can expect to receive a payment.


Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order late last year that included $375 checks for residents who received at least one weekly unemployment benefit from March 15, 2020, to October 24, 2020. More than $163 million was allocated from the state's general fund to pay for the aid to roughly 435,000 vulnerable residents.

Payments by bank transfer began last December and continued into 2021.


Governor Larry Hogan signed the state's bipartisan $1 billion RELIEF Act of 2021 in February. It repealed all state and local taxes on unemployment benefits, and provided a $500 stimulus check to families and $300 to individuals who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The payments have been estimated to provide about $178 million to 400,000 qualifying residents, according to WUSA-9. A majority of the checks were reportedly processed in February and March.

New Mexico

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced in June a new round of stimulus checks for residents who were ineligible for $1,400 federal direct payments, including undocumented migrants.

Under the $5 million state program, more than 4,000 low-income individuals will receive a check of up to $750, according to the HSD. The department has said it will prioritize delivering the one-time payment to applicants with the lowest income.


As a "thank you" for working through the pandemic, Florida lawmakers have allocated $208 million from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan to provide funds for the state's nearly 200,000 first responders, and a further $216 million to deliver $1,000 stimulus checks to teachers and educators.

Governor Ron DeSantis handed out $1,000 stimulus checks to some first responders in ceremonies held across the state this week. "Those should be arriving this week and into next week," he said during an event at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Pensacola on Tuesday.

Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee

Similar to Florida's program, Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee have also allocated cash payments for teachers, educators and school administrators, otherwise known as retention bonuses.

The Tennessee legislature passed a bill in June that removed a planned 2 percent increase in pay for teachers but provided $1,000 checks to full-time and $500 checks to part-time educators. The direct payments are expected to be delivered to eligible individuals before the end of 2021.

Georgia's Board of Education presented a plan in March to use $240 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay $1,000 bonuses to education employees across the state. Governor Brian Kemp said the initiative is intended to encourage teachers and administrators to stay in their jobs amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Michigan Department of Treasury announced in late January that teachers and education staff in the state who continued to work through the pandemic will receive a bonus of up to $500.

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