As the country continues to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the largest economic recovery package in the state’s history Monday.
The $100 billion California Comeback Plan includes nearly $12 billion allocated toward direct cash payments to Californians severely impacted by the pandemic, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The Golden State Stimulus program — which provides eligible individuals with $600 in cash — now includes middle-class families earning up to $75,000.
“California’s recovery is well underway, but we can’t be satisfied with simply going back to the way things were,” Newsom said in the press release. “Two in three Californians will receive a check from the state and more than $5 billion in aid will be made available to those who need help paying their rent or utility bills.”
In addition, undocumented families and families with dependents are eligible to receive a further $500 in direct payments.
The recovery package also includes one of the country’s largest renter assistance programs for low-income renters. The program will cover back rent as well as rent for the coming months, and Newsom’s plan also includes funds to cover overdue water and utility bills.
“Governor Newsom’s California Comeback Plan seizes this once-in-a-lifetime moment to address long-standing challenges by taking on threats to our state’s future and ensuring every California family – regardless of their race or zip code – can thrive,” the press release reads.