Middle class with a kid? You get $350 from the state. Childless? Nope.

Posted at: 03/21/2013 10:43 AM
Updated at: 03/21/2013 5:28 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

Good news for middle class families with children. The state is going to cut you a check for $350. But if you don't have children, you're out of luck.

In the deal, middle class means families making between $40,000 and $300,000. The checks come in 2014, but only for families with children.

Patricia Cherwonik, middle-class with no children, said, “What about the women who can't have a child?”

Patricia Cherwonik was one of dozens of middle class people who contacted News10NBC saying saying she won't get the rebate because she doesn't have children.
She actually can't because of an emergency hysterectomy years ago.

Cherwonik said, “And now you're telling me that because I made that choice and I can't have a child that I’m getting shafted again?”

That's not the way the government sees it. Here's what the governor said Wednesday night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “They're under tremendous pressure, especially middle class families who are trying to raise children.”

The rationale is that the families with children will spend it locally. Some of the families we talked to already know where it's going.

Stephen Shepherd said, “A lot of the money funnels to my daughter usually. It doesn't go to me or my wife anymore. So she'll be looking at a large chunk of that.”

A family making $60,000 in Monroe County spends $170,000 on one children from birth through high school.  For a family that makes over six-figures, that cost jumps to $390,000. Families with children aren't the only ones getting some financial relief in this budget. There are all kinds of tax credits.

Here's how the plan breaks down:

- Parents who make between $40,000 to $300,000 a year
- With children in the household up to 18 years old
- Checks will go out next year.
- Senate leaders say some rebates could be as high as $500