July 20, 2022 Updated 9:10 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Parents across Florida are receiving letters in the mail from the state government with one-time $450 checks.
Florida’s budget allocated $35.5 million to support about 59,000 Florida families with a one-time payment of $450 per child, which includes foster families.
Included with the check is a letter from Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“As the father of three young children, I know that getting ready for a new school year can be exciting and stressful,” he said. “To offset the costs of rising inflation, especially with a new school year approaching, the State of Florida is giving you $450 for each child in your care.”
Those who are eligible include:
– Foster Parents
– Relative Caregivers
– Non-relative Caregivers
– Families receiving TANF cash assistance
– Guardianship Assistance Program participants
Florida’s budget has a $21.8 billion surplus which gave the state ample room to send these checks to families.
“As I said earlier, the federal government causes inflation by deficit spending. Stimulus checks were part of that. By contrast, the budget surplus in Florida is at the state level and it’s already money in existence, we do not print money here. So- no, it doesn’t cause inflation,” Governor DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw said on Twitter.
The governor’s letter also reminded parents about the state’s “Back-to-School” sales-tax holiday that will take place from July 25 to August 7.
“Supplies that will be tax-free during this time include clothing, bags, computers, shoes and other school supplies,” DeSantis said.
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