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.