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States send out stimulus checks to millions in bid to fight inflation

 Chris McCrory

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen states are sending out checks to millions of people this year, hoping to provide some extra cash to consumers as inflation drives up prices on everyday items across the board.

Many states are able to send these checks because of excess revenue in their budgets. Many of the payments are officially called tax rebate checks.

The checks draw some parallels to the trio of federal stimulus checks provided to Americans by the federal government during the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Those checks were an attempt to help workers being kept out of their workplaces by stay-at-home measures — as well as a nationwide attempt to prevent the economy from stalling…

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