California Governor announces the state will provide low-income Californians with $600 stimulus checks

Governor Gavin Newson (D-Calif) announced on Wednesday that he has reached a deal with state lawmakers to provide Californians on lower incomes with a $600 stimulus check to assist them in during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of a $9.6 billion economic recovery package. This package also includes over $2 billion in grants for small businesses and support for people facing eviction.

An untold number of Californians are suffering financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. On 6 January 2021, the office of Governor Newsom made a proposal as part of his “Golden State Stimulus” package to provide 4 million Californians on lower incomes with a $600 check. The relief check is available to anyone whose annual income is less than $30,000 and are enrolled in a state assistance program.

A “federal stimulus package” was also agreed on 22 December 2020. Eligible Californians can expect to receive at least $1,200 of cash support as a result of both relief programs having been agreed. The “Golden State Stimulus” package has gone further than the federal one and included undocumented households.

Governor Newsom took to Twitter to discuss this matter. “Low-income families have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. That’s why we recently announced a new stimulus, we refer to it as the Golden State Stimulus”.

Governor Newsom went on to say that the state would be basing who is eligible for the stimulus payment based on the Earned Income Tax Credit program.

State assembly speaker Anthony Rendon also took to Twitter and echoed the sentiments of Governor Newsom. “Our response tackles the human and economic impact of COVID in a way that echoes President Biden’s America Rescue Plan and will help those who are hurting most”.

Courtney McKinney, Director of Communications at the Western Center on Law and Poverty praised the package. “The State Stimulus will provide help to the poorest Californians, but more assistance is required.”

McKinney has said that her group will continue to support legislation which provides aid to eligible parties regardless of their immigration status.

Governor Newsom hopes to send out the checks in the next few weeks.




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