Governor of Maine Janet Mills signed the $474 million plan into law, which includes many steps to help people deal with energy costs this winter. It is funded by the revenue forecast of $283 million from the Revenue Forecasting Committee.
The plan also uses the $157 million that the state received from the American Rescue Plan Act. As a result, every eligible Mainer will receive a $450 lump sum stimulus payout. The average household will receive $900, says the state.
Programs For Home Energy Refunds
Numerous New Hampshire residents have access to over $104 million in energy rebates and gasoline assistance. Programs for home energy rebates will receive around $70 million, and the state’s fuel assistance program will receive $34 million.
The fuel aid program was launched earlier this week, and 22,000 people have already applied—an increase of 6,000 from the previous year. According to the state, fuel subsidies can vary from $304 – $3,024, based on household earnings and energy expenditures.
Just remember it took Congress 5 months to agree to $600 stimulus checks for Americans, and 8 hours to send $13.6 billion to another country and give themselves a 21% pay raise.
— illuminatibot (@iluminatibot) January 1, 2023
The average payout is $1,342.04, and public assistance recipients won’t be adversely affected by the payments. For undocumented laborers & those who were unable to receive federal stimulus cheques owing to their immigration status, the Excluded Worker fund in New York provided one-time payments of up to $15,600.
The state’s surplus added $2 billion for eligible recipients who made below $26,208 in 2020.
The State Will No Longer Accept Applications
By the end of the year, about $30 million will be supplied for over 1,900 residents. The government will no longer accept applications as the fund has been fully distributed. For the 2023–2024 academic year, the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available.
Although the deadline is June 30, 2024, the earlier you file, the better. Since the applications are often chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, completing them as soon as possible can be crucial. It’s advisable to get started as quickly as possible because several states have their deadlines reports Sun.