State Rep. Liz Miranda (D-5th Suffolk) today filed legislation to send every residents in the state a check for at least $1,000 and to then continue to send monthly checks to residents as long as the current Covid-19 crisis continues.
The bill, co-sponsored by more than two dozen other state representatives and senators, would establish an online registry to which residents over 16 could submit their names and addresses to receive the initial $1,000 payment - with an additional $75 per dependent under 16.
People who sign up would then receive additional monthly stipends depending on their family income, with people making up to three times the federal poverty guidelines receiving $1,500 per person, with $750 per under-16 dependent, with a sliding scale down to $500 a month for people making more than five times that limit.
In a statement, Miranda said she filed her emergency bill:
To ensure that our most vulnerable constituents and small business owners will not be left behind in economic recovery efforts on Beacon Hill, our district knows something about being left behind. This legislation will protect residents in sustaining current benefits and strengthening financial security for the duration of this public health crisis. We have to help every resident of the Commonwealth now.