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Surprise stimulus checks going out this December, here’s who can get them

With 2021 coming to a close, many Americans are still feeling the financial strain of the pandemic.

Many states are taking it upon themselves to provide financial relief to those who have suffered.

This comes after the federal government sent three stimulus checks since the start of the pandemic.

Different states have different eligibility requirements as well as amounts they plan to send their residents.

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The following states have, or will be, sending out stimulus payments to their residents

Arizona is paying their residents who choose to return to work.

If you return full time, you’re eligible for $2,000. If you return part time it’s $1,000.

California is preparing to finish the disbursement of their Golden State Stimulus II checks this month.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of California, filed your taxes by Oct. 15, and make between $30,000 to $75,000. The checks are worth $600 to $1,100.

Connecticut has its own back to work program as well.

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It started May 30, 2021 and will end Dec. 31.

Anyone returning could be eligible for $1,000 payments depending on when they filed for unemployment and how long they were on it for.

Florida and Georgia plan to give their teachers and principals that worked during the pandemic $1,000 bonuses.

Half a million residents in Idaho could be eligible for a one time tax refund worth an average of $248.

Maryland residents who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit on their taxes were eligible for stimulus checks worth $300-$500.

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Michigan teachers are deemed eligible for hazard pay bonuses worth $500.

Families of three in New Hampshire with no income can get a stimulus check worth $1,086.

Residents of New Mexico are allowed to apply to the state’s second round of relief benefits if they were ineligible in Aug. for the first round.

Those checks were worth $750.

Related: Thousands are expecting $500 stimulus checks this week, is one yours?

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Students in Ohio can benefit from grant money set aside worth $46 million dollars.

$13 million has been set aside in Oklahoma in an effort to pay student teachers.

Tennessee teachers can earn a $1,000 bonus if they work full time, or $500 if they work part time.

Finally, Vermont is willing to cover up to $7,500 in moving expenses for anyone relocating due to employment in the hospitality or construction industry.

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