(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) — Floridians are experiencing the highest inflation in 40 years and now checks are on the way to help struggling families make ends meet.
Governor Ron DeSantis is sending the money “to offset the costs of rising inflation.”
Especially on the brink of a new school year, he said, “the State of Florida is giving you $450 for each child in your care,” DeSantis wrote in a letter accompanying the checks.
“This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump.”
Christina Pushaw, a spokesperson for DeSantis, denies that the state’s stimulus payments would contribute to inflation.
“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,” Pushaw tweeted. “So—no, it doesn’t cause inflation.”
Checks have already been mailed directly to eligible families, who should receive them within the next seven days, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.