• Matt Esnayra

CA legislators approve $7.6 billion coronavirus relief bill, including $600 checks

California's state lawmakers on Monday approved a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief bill that will include a $600 stimulus check for Californians making $30,000 a year or less.

Why it matters:

Gov. Newsom, who faces a possible recall effort, helped craft the bill with state legislatures in less than a week and is expected to sign the bill into law Tuesday.


Besides the attention-grabbing stimulus checks, the bill is a part of a $9.6 billion economic plan that includes $2 billion in grants and fee waivers for small businesses, $2 billion in business tax breaks, $30 million food banks, and $5 million for diaper banks. It will also cancel about $25.6 million in fees for restaurants and hair salons, according to Newsweek.

  • Some 5.7 million payments totaling $2.3 billion will go to Californians under the Golden State Stimulus program.

So, Who's Eligible for the $600 COVID-19 Checks?

  • Nearly 565,000 stimulus checks will go to people with individual tax identification numbers who didn't get a federal stimulus check and whose income is below $75,000. This group involves people who don't have Social Security numbers, some of whom are immigrants and didn't get the $1,200 federal COVID-19 check sent out in 2020, per LA Times.

  • Residents who already received a California Earned Income Tax Credit for 2020.

  • 1.2 million people who receive money from state and federal supplemental income programs and 405,000 payments will be provided to members in CalWORKS, per LA Times.

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