Stimulus checks due out in May

by Clytie Bunyan Published: April 26, 2009
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I’m beginning to get calls inquiring when Social Security recipients will start getting their stimulus check.

Vice President Joe Biden and the agency’s commissioner a month ago promised the $250 payment to adults who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

The payment is supposed to begin showing up in the mail in early May. It will not be included in your regular Social Security check. The agency said it’ll be sent separately.

If yours doesn’t appear early next month, don’t fret. It’s likely to take the government the entire month to distribute all the payments.

The one-time checks — part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — aren’t a windfall but are intended to help some of the most vulnerable in communities nationwide weather effects of the recession. The payments are expected to pump more than $13 billion into the economy.

And the government wants to know how you’ll use it, as suggested by this note at www.socialsecurity.gov/payment/plans.htm:

We’re interested in learning how you plan to use the one-time payment. Posting a comment is completely voluntary and may be done anonymously. We may post our favorite responses, which might be edited for content and brevity. While we are not asking for your name and e-mail address, if you provide it, we may contact you about your plans.

Oh, boy. Can you hear the conspiracy theories churning?


by Clytie Bunyan
Director of Business and Lifestyles
Clytie Bunyan joined The Oklahoman in 1989 as a Metro desk reporter. She later moved to the Business desk to cover real estate and presided over extensive coverage in the 1990s about the then-uncertain future of the Skirvin Hotel. She also has...
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