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What’s in the stimulus package for you?

President Biden made remarks before signing the "American Rescue Plan" as Vice President Kamala Harris looked on in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 11, 2021.Doug Mills

There are lots of ways that the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan signed into law this month will benefit everyday people in Massachusetts. Here are a few.

  • Individuals earning $75,000 or less, and married couples earning $150,000 or less, will get a direct payment of $1,400 per person. That’s about three-quarters of people in Massachusetts.
  • Most families with kids under age 17 will get expanded, upfront, tax breaks of $250 a month, or $300 for kids age 5 and under, in the second half of 2021. The plan covers 1.1 million children in Massachusetts.
  • Workers who earn less than $21,000 a year and do not have children — almost 300,000 people in Massachusetts — will get nearly $1,000 more through an expanded “earned income tax credit” this year.
  • People collecting unemployment will see their current benefits extended through early September, and receive an extra $300 a week. Unemployment will also cover often-costly COBRA payments to continue their health insurance through September.
  • Expanded food stamp benefits, or SNAP, will continue through September, giving 879,000 Massachusetts recipients an extra $28 per month.
  • Roughly $400 million in rental aid will be distributed to Massachusetts. It will fund a popular state program that offers tenants up to $10,000 to keep up with rent and pay off accumulated debt.




Tim Logan can be reached at timothy.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.