MA Announces Second Round of $500 Payments to Low-Income Workers

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Baker-Polito Administration announced Thursday that it will be sending out a second round of $500 payments to low-income workers in June.

These payments will be delivered to 330,000 individuals under the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay program, which was passed by the Massachusetts Legislature and signed by Governor Baker in December 2021 as part of a $4 billion spending plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The first round of $500 payments were distributed in March to approximately 480,000 people. Those who received those first payments are ineligible for this latest funding.

Those who received unemployment benefits in 2021 or a coronavirus-linked payment from the Massachusetts state government as their employer are also not eligible.

Eligibility will be based on 2021 tax returns. Individuals will be eligible for payments if their 2021 income from employment was at least $13,500 and their total income put them at or below 300% of the federal poverty level.

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