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Millions of Americans may be in line for $1,000 checks, gas tax relief under proposal

MORE than 2million people may be in line for $1,000 direct payments if Governor Tim Walz gets his way.

The Minnesota executive redoubled his efforts to use some of the state's budget surplus to cut checks to taxpayers.

Minnesotans could receive $1,000, or $2,000 for couples who filed taxes jointly

In January, Walz proposed $500 direct payments to most Minnesota taxpayers to help combat high inflation.

Inflation has jumped to 8.6%, up from 7.5% in January.

While the policy didn't gain traction in the spring, Walz announced a larger stimulus package this week and continued to push for payments.

Governor Walz's plan would send $1,000 to Minnesotans who earned less than $165,000 last year.

Couples who filed their taxes jointly and reported less than $275,000 in income would receive $2,000.

The state recorded a roughly $7billion budget surplus in 2021, and Walz's plan would spend $4billion on direct rebates to taxpayers.

In addition to the direct payments, Governor Walz also pushed for relief for Minnesotans at the pump.

He called for the state legislature to temporarily suspend Minnesota's gas tax, which is 28.6 cents per gallon.

The average cost for a gallon of gas in Minnesota is $4.71 as of June 25, according to AAA.

According to MinnPost, a typical SUV driver with a 14-gallon tank would save around $4 per fill up if the state enacted a gas tax holiday.

Walz told reporters that the tax relief would have minimal impact compared to the $1,000 direct payments, Fox 9-KMSP reported.

An estimated 2.7million Minnesotans would receive the rebate if enacted.

However, the current plan still lacks the bipartisan support from state lawmakers it would need to pass.

Minnesota Republicans have called the proposal a political "gimmick," as Governor Walz is up for re-election this year, according to Bring Me The News.

The Sun has more on millions expecting to get a fourth stimulus check in Colorado.

Also, Eligible Chicago, Illinois residents can apply each month for transit and gas card funds – but the deadline is July 1.