Some Democratic governors up for re-election are proposing to use their surplus budget to give cash directly to residents through stimulus checks and rebates.
Why it matters: It’s a direct form of relief to a beleaguered population — and potential voters — as Americans feel the effects of inflation and sky-high gas prices.
The details: In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to deliver $400-per-vehicle direct payments to drivers. It’s capped at two vehicles per household.
- In Hawaii, Gov. David Ige is proposing to use his state’s surplus to issue $100 refund checks.
- In Maine, Gov. Janet T. Mills recently proposed an increase in the amount of “direct relief” to residents. The $850 relief checks will be delivered “in the face of record-high inflation and rising oil and gas prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” said a gubernatorial press release.
- In Kansas, taxpayers would receive a one-time $250 tax rebate, if Gov. Laura Kelly’s proposal is passed.
That’s not all.
- In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz recently upped the direct payments — dubbed “Walz checks” — to residents to $500 for an individual and $1,000 per couple.
- In Michigan, car owners are set to receive a $400 insurance refund for vehicles, based on legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
- And in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a law that will provide residents with a one-time, refundable income tax rebate of $500 for married couples and $250 for single filers.
- Those eligible for the rebate must have income under $150,000 if they’re married or under $75,000 if they’re single.