This One State Is Planning to Give Out Extra Stimulus Checks
This big state is proposing more aid in the midst of a serious crisis.
With unemployment numbers skyrocketing and businesses being shuttered left and right, people all over the U.S. are still eagerly awaiting their second stimulus checks from the federal government. Though there was hope this second check would be for $2,000, it ended up being less than half that at $600 for those Americans who meet the qualifications. But one state is looking to give its residents a boost with an additional stimulus check as COVID surges: California. The proposal came on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when, as part of a broader economic relief plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on state lawmakers to fast-track financial aid and send checks for $600 to low-income families in the state on top of the federal aid that's currently being rolled out nationwide, CNN reports. The payment would "provide a $600 rapid cash support directly to roughly four million low-income Californians who, coupled with federal stimulus, could receive at least $1,200 of direct relief," Newsom's office said in a statement. Read on to find out who could earn the extra cash, and for more on your federal check, know that If You See This Message From the IRS, You're Not Getting a Stimulus Check.
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The proposed checks would only go to low-income families.
The prosed payments, called the Golden State Stimulus, would go to low-income households currently covered by the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), for which you have to earn less than $30,000 annually.
All 2019 taxpayers who received a CalEITC in 2020, as well as to 2020 taxpayers with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) who are eligible for the CalEITC in 2021, would receive the additional stimulus payment.
"Californians who have been impacted by this pandemic will get help to provide for their families and keep a roof over their heads," Newsom himself said in a statement. And if you're still waiting on your money from the government, This Is Why You Haven't Gotten Your Stimulus Payment Yet.
And migrant workers would be included, unlike the federal stimulus payments.
The proposed package would include migrant workers who are currently undocumented but who filed tax returns in the state of California. "The state's stimulus will also reach low-income Californians who are excluded from the federal stimulus, like undocumented households that file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), including parents with U.S. citizen children," the statement from the governor's office reads. And for more regular news on the pandemic delivered right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Newsom is also proposing additional funds for small business and schools.
Other proposed measures from Newsom include the fast-tracking of $1 billion for small businesses that have been hit by the pandemic, and an additional $2 billion to help schools adapt for reopening and returning to in-person learning. State budgets are normally passed in June, but an emergency session next week could move the payments forward with immediate effect. And for more big stores suffering right now, check out These 2 Beloved Department Stores Are "Slowly, Quietly Dying."
And he wants to extend the state's eviction freeze.
California passed an eviction moratorium last year that bars landlords from evicting people struggling economically due to the pandemic. However, tenants must be able to pay at least 25 percent of their monthly rent, the Associated Press reports. Newsom wants to extend the moratorium, which was set to expire on Jan. 31; his office's statement did not provide a proposed extension date. And for more on the COVID situation in the Golden State, check out Dr. Fauci Just Said He's Worried About California.