Workers read Florida's tax returns. As the filing season started last year, the country's gross domestic product was about to shrink by 3.8 percent. Gov. Rick Scott signs a tax cut bill, a measure that had been blocked by a group of legislators. (John Raoux/AP)
A hotline was created in February to let callers check on the availability of their stimulus check.
On Friday, Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, sent out a tweet addressing “Florida Timmy,” a nickname for Republican candidate and former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has reportedly refused to participate in televised debates with Democratic candidates, and who has said he’s raising “crappy” money.
“Dear Florida Timmy,” Gillum tweeted. “How are you Timmy? Are you getting the aid you were promised?”
The left-leaning site Broward Playbook reported that, if you call the hotline, you will be transferred to a phone number that is affiliated with the Internal Revenue Service, which handles all federal tax refunds. According to the site, if the recipients of the stimulus check enter the correct information, the phone number linked to the hotline can dial the actual money. But there is no direct link for recipients to any of the money yet. Calls to the number linked to the hotline, 800-684-3043, do not connect to any resource other than the IRS.
This is Florida Timmy. How are you Timmy? Are you getting the aid you were promised? — Andrew Gillum () March 31, 2020
“Florida Timmy,” as Gillum has called Jeb Bush, did not reply to a request for comment on the matter. On his campaign website, the former governor states that he worked with President Barack Obama’s administration to pass the federal economic stimulus act, and has continued to reject tax cuts despite the state facing a budget deficit.