Crucially, if users transfer the money to an Apple electronic wallet, it can’t be used to make in-store purchases at Walmart because Walmart only accepts Apple Pay online. The department warned Thursday that some other merchants also don’t accept virtual card payments.
Thousands of commenters flooded the Department of Human Services' Facebook page to complain about their difficulties, including some who said they were embarrassed when they brought a basket of items to a cashier only to be turned away. Others said they could only pay their landlord with a money order, a prohibited transaction under the state's rules.
The department said the top categories for successful purchases so far have been at retail and grocery stores and to pay utility bills. The top categories for declined transactions so far have been for attempts to buy prohibited items or to convert the card to cash.
Kemp has already given out income tax rebates and used federal COVID-19 aid to make grants to various groups. He has also proposed spending $2 billion in state surplus next year on property tax rebates and a second round of income tax rebates, if voters reelect him to a second term in November instead of Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. Those two plans would require legislative approval next year.
The spending has incensed Democrats, who claim Kemp is trying to buy reelection. Under state law, Kemp controls how billions in federal COVID-19 relief is spent, meaning he can hand out money even as he bashes Democratic President Joe Biden and Abrams for high inflation and spending.
The governor again said that his reason for handing out cash was to help people pressured by higher prices, even though economists agree that such spending worsens inflation by dumping more cash into the economy to bid up the prices of goods and services.
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