It is against this unsavory backdrop that ordinary financially struggling Americans have demanded another round or two of government-issued stimulus checks. Currently, there are seven such petitions that have collectively garnered over five million signatures.
Only a few weeks ago, a highly popular stimulus check petition launched by pandemic-hit Denver-area restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin reached three million signatures.
The petition calls on Washington lawmakers to support cash-strapped families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for children until the nearly two-year-long health crisis ends. Bonin further stated that she is “one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis.”
“With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine,” she adds.
Bonin also said “laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table.”
Seniors Also Call for Stimulus Checks
“Social Security benefits are one of the few types of income in retirement adjusted for inflation. But soaring inflation has taken a toll on household finances of retired and disabled Social Security recipients,” the petition writes.
“I strongly urge you that now is the time that you must support an emergency $1,400.00 stimulus check to Social Security recipients,” it concludes.
States Offering Help
Not to be outdone, several states already have stepped in to issue their own direct payments to residents. Some of those states include Indiana, Maine, California, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Tennessee.
In addition, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently announced a plan to provide $700 million in direct payments to some 2.7 million state residents for a $150 or $350 check.
“To continue growing Minnesota’s economy, we must invest in the people who made it strong in the first place,” Walz noted in a statement.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.