Ron DeSantis Sends Out $500 Child Payments As Stimulus Checks

( Florida is sending out new stimulus checks to parents of children, but only for certain parents.

Adoptive and foster families within Florida are eligible to receive a $450 one-time payment for each child they are caring for. It’s all part of the state’s “Hope Florida-A Pathway to Prosperity” program.

That program is part of the state’s budget that Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed earlier this year. The budget will designate $35.5 million to the program to support the almost 59,000 families that would qualify for the program.

Florida is hoping the stimulus checks will help support these families at a time when soaring inflation is making it more expensive by the day to afford everyday necessities.

Families in the state who are eligible to receive the checks received a letter from the state government, which read:

“This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump.”

When DeSantis approved Florida’s budget back in April, he also approved $100 million to be allocated to the state’s first responders, including law enforcement agents, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and firefighters — all who are to receive one-time checks in the amount of $1,000.

These inflation relief checks, as they’re being referred to around the country, are being instituted by other states as well. California, for example, is sending out what they are calling a “middle-class tax refund.” Nearly 23 million people in the state will receive checks that will range between $200 to $1,050, depending on how much they earn.

The money for those checks will also come from the state budget that Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom approved this year.

The question that some people are asking is whether these checks — though not exactly the same as the federal stimulus checks during the pandemic — will increase inflation even more.

A lot of economic experts typically don’t believe that sending people money is a good way to provide relief to families who are struggling financially due to inflation and rising prices. That’s because inflation can, at times, continue to be fueled as people spend more and more money. So, if they’re sent more money, the thinking is they’re likely to spend it, which could make inflation even worse than it already is.

But, the people who are responsible for sending these recent checks say they won’t have that effect at al. A spokesperson for DeSantis, Christina Pushaw, explained:

“Inflation is caused by the federal govt printing money and deficit spending, which has happened at a record pace since covid. Unlike our indebted federal govt, the State of Florida has a budget surplus due to good management by @GovRonDeSantis. That money belongs to Floridians.”

In other words, Florida is taking money from a surplus they’ve built in their state budget to fund this program. And, since the surplus comes directly from taxpayer funds, the state is simply returning some of that money to particular taxpayers.