Politics California lawmakers approve $600 stimulus checks for low-income residents

17:23  23 february  2021
17:23  23 february  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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California's legislature on Monday approved a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package that will include $600 stimulus checks for low-income residents.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who helped craft the bill, has said he plans on signing the legislation.

The stimulus checks will go to Californians making $30,000 a year or less.

The package also includes over $2 billion in grants for small businesses, $30 million for food banks and $5 million for diaper banks. It will also cancel about $25.6 million in fees for restaurants and hair salons.

"500,000 dead, countless lives disrupted, so many dreams delayed. The relief that will be provided by the emergency stimulus package will ensure Californians & small businesses hit hard by the pandemic aren't left behind. I'm proud we passed these immediate actions today," California Senate Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D) said after the bill's passage.

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The relief will be delivered as coronavirus cases decline in California but remain at high levels. There have been over 3.4 million infections in the Golden State since the pandemic began, and 4,665 were detected Monday alone, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

The state relief bill's passage comes as Democrats in Congress push a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that would give $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans making less than $75,000 a year.

California law will send $600 direct payments to low-income residents .
California's governor signed a bill into law Tuesday evening that will provide direct payments of $600 to many of the state's lowest-income residents, including undocumented immigrants.Newsom announced his signature on Twitter, telling Californians that checks would be "in the pockets" of state residents and small businesses soon.Today we took action to provide CA families & businesses urgent relief from the #COVID19 recession. Our package of immediate actions includes $7.6B:✅relief for small biz✅direct cash support to individuals & households✅child care✅community college financial aid& more pic.twitter.

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