CA Gov. Gavin Newsom announces Golden State Stimulus proposal

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According to a press release by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, the proposed Golden State Stimulus would provide additional financial support to eligible Californians amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The stimulus package would be applicable to California residents who received or are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit. (Photo by Gage Skidmore under CC BY-SA 2.0)

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the Golden State Stimulus on Wednesday as part of efforts to help low-income residents in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The stimulus package would provide $600 in cash to Californians who received or are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit, according to a press release from Newsom’s office. This includes individuals who earn less than $30,000, as well as undocumented households that are excluded from the federal stimulus package.

“Through the Golden State Stimulus, Californians who have been impacted by this pandemic will get help to provide for their families and keep a roof over their heads,” Newsom said in the press release. “This plan will provide relief for Californians in need by distributing $600 rapid cash support — for some, at least $1,200 when coupled with federal relief — and extend the eviction moratorium.”

In addition to the stimulus package, Newsom called for an extension of the eviction moratorium established in August under AB 3088. The measure, which prohibits the eviction of tenants who are financially affected by the pandemic and pay at least 25% of their monthly rent, was set to expire Jan. 31.

The state will deploy $2.6 billion in federal renter relief funds in an effort to supplement the economy and keep as many individuals housed as possible, according to the press release.

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