July 26, 2022

Statement From Florida Policy Institute on State’s Issuance of Stimulus Checks for Some Families

We thank Gov. DeSantis for using federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help families in Florida struggling to make ends meet. The $450-per-child checks will go a long way in covering back-to-school expenses, and are especially helpful to households that rely on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, which state lawmakers have not increased in 30 years. Without these checks, many TANF families would find it difficult, if not impossible, to buy necessities for school.

We strongly urge the governor and legislative leaders to continue prioritizing children in families with very low income by increasing TANF levels during the 2023 session.

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