Single parents, along with foster and adoptive families, are among the nearly 59,000 families in Florida who will soon receive a one-time stimulus check courtesy of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The $450 stimulus checks, which went into distribution this month, are part of a plan to offset the burden of inflation through a program called “Hope Florida — A Pathway to Prosperity.”
First Lady Casey DeSantis pioneered the program and touted the benefits in a recent visit to Tampa. Eligible Floridians can spend the money on anything, including diapers and gas, says a letter attached to the checks and signed by DeSantis.
DeSantis On The Proposal Of Stimulus Checks
“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,” reads a portion of the letter.
This isn’t the first time DeSantis, who is seeking reelection, ships out a round of checks. In April, he signed off on $1,000 checks for Florida’s first responder community as a token of appreciation amid the pandemic.
That project cost taxpayers $100 million. The cost of this latest round: a $35 million slice of Florida’s $109.9 billion budget.
Christine Pushaw, a spokesperson for DeSantis, denied assertions the checks may aggravate the nation’s inflation crisis. Instead, she blamed — in part — deficit spending and stimulus checks by the federal government.
“Inflation is caused by the federal govt printing money and deficit spending, which has happened at a record pace since covid,” Pushaw wrote on Twitter. “Unlike our indebted federal govt, the State of Florida has a budget surplus due to good management [email protected] That money belongs to Floridians.”