Gov. Newsom to sign CA relief package with $600 stimulus payments

Posted at 10:31 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 15:09:17-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday is signing a state-sized coronavirus relief package aimed at helping lower-income people weather what they hope is the last legs of the pandemic. It clears the way for 5.7 million people to get at least $600 in one-time payments.

The state Legislature passed the bill by a wide margin on Monday, moving faster than their counterparts in Congress who are also considering another round of stimulus checks for the nation.

People with low to moderate incomes will be eligible to get the money. That includes people who claim the California earned income tax credit on their tax returns and, in general, people making $30,000 or less per year.

Immigrants who pay taxes using an individual taxpayer identification number and make $75,000 a year or less after deductions would also get the money.

People who receive assistance from state programs benefiting low-income families and people who are blind and disabled are also eligible.