US California stimulus checks: Newsom proposes giving two of every three California residents $600 as recall campaign heats up
California Democrats to hear from Newsom as recall heats up
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party's annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state elections officials announcing that a preliminary count shows the recall effort against him has enough signatures to make the ballot. Voters will get the chance in the all-but-certain election this fall to decide whether the first-term Democrat should be booted from office before his term ends.
California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, facing a, said Monday he wants to return the state's enormous $75.7 budget surplus to the pockets of taxpayers via an expanded stimulus check program he says would benefit two out of every three residents.
The $12 billion proposal would amount to the largest year-over-year rebate that's ever been provided in any state in American history, Newsom said. It's part of his larger $100 billion "California Comeback Plan" that would also include rental assistance and direct relief to help Californians pay off water, gas and electricity bills.
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The governor said that the program is possible because the state has a $75.7 billion budget surplus, noting that at this time last year he had announced a $54.3 billion projected shortfall.
"It's a remarkable turnaround," Newsom said at a press conference. "I made the point at the state of the state (address) a number of months ago: California is now coming back. California is going to come roaring back."
If the plan gets approved by the Democratic-controlled state legislature, it would send $600 stimulus checks to residents earning up to $75,000 who didn't receive an earlier payment from the state. Families could be eligible for an additional $500.out in April to Californians earning up to $30,000.
Newsom stressed that he will need the cooperation of the state legislature to proceed with his plan, but noted that two of the budget chairs were present at the press conference
Newsom challenger campaigns with a live bear as California's recall circus begins
The Republican candidates challenging California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom have struggled to capture voters' attention as the state gears up for an all-but-certain recall election this year. So businessman John Cox switched up the script Tuesday by introducing himself as "the beast" to Newsom's "beauty" alongside a live Kodiak bear at a Sacramento campaign event. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Republican California gubernatorial candidate John Cox greets a 1,000-pound Kodiak bear at the start of a campaign rally at Miller Regional Park on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Sacramento, California.
"I'm by no means naive about the deliberative process ... but I'm mindful that our values are aligned," he said.
Newsom was asked whether this is a deliberate strategy to generate good publicity given the recall election. Side-stepping that question, he said he is "really proud of California's resilience" and "California's remarkable capacity, not only to come back, but to come roaring back."
The California secretary of state confirmed in late April that proponents of the Republican-led effort to recall Newsom had gathered the more than 1.4 million valid signatures that were needed to initiate the recall. But state officials have yet to officially call or schedule the election because there are still a number of bureaucratic steps that must be completed.
The recall has been fueled by anger over the restrictions the governor put in place to curb the spread of Covid throughout last year and during an alarming surge in cases during the winter holiday months. California has been one of the slowest states to get children back to school.
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said they would vote to recall Newsom in a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. His approval ratings are stable at above 50%, and his allies hope his political standing will improve as Covid cases continue to drop and he steers the state toward a full reopening by June 15.
The state-funded stimulus checks would add to the three rounds of federal stimulus payments that were delivered over the past year to millions of Californians. The most recent round, which was approved by Congress in March,to households across the country that were worth up to $1,400 per person. An estimated 8.8 million Californians were eligible.
The full amount went to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year and married couples earning less than $150,000. But then the payments gradually phased out as income goes up. Individuals who earn at least $80,000 a year and married couples who earn at least $160,000 were completely cut off.
Gavin Newsom Attempts to Bribe Away His Poor Record .
Facing recall over his epic mismanagement, the California governor tries a familiar solution: spending more money.The state’s indulgent legislature is a case study in excess with effectively no checks and balances. Protecting the liberty of the people ranks lower than the legislators’ desire to gratify their own vain ambitions by doling out privileges and cash. And lots of it.