–This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a comprehensive package of emergency measures that will expedite the relief they need to individuals, families and businesses suffering the greatest economic hardship due to COVID-19.
The package, which was passed by lawmakers this week, builds on initiatives in the governor’s January state budget proposal to ease cash burden on low-income Californians, increase aid to small businesses, and pandemic-hit companies to charge renewal fees of licenses to grant. In addition to these activities, today’s activities will provide additional resources for critical childcare services and fund emergency financial assistance for community college students.
“With millions of Californians struggling to make ends meet in the face of the devastating effects of this pandemic, we are working with our legislative leadership to take immediate action to provide the help they need to families and businesses,” said Newsom. “This vital assistance – including childcare, assistance to small business owners, direct monetary assistance to individuals and households, financial assistance to community college students, and more – will help keep our communities alive as the state continues to address the immense challenges of this moment represents. ”
“These bills help Californians pay their bills and take the pressure off the small businesses that make our communities great and that are the cornerstone of our economy. Businesses we rely on, restaurants we love and services our families have turned to for years, ”said Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. “This is what we can do now to help them, but it is not the end of our efforts. By far not. “
“Californians hurt. This plan represents one way to mitigate the human and economic effects of COVID. In addition, it forms an economic basis for recovery. These are the California people who say we will not leave those who are hurt the most, whether they are individuals or small businesses. That’s strong in California, “said spokesman Anthony Rendon.
The following are the main provisions of the legally signed invoices:
Direct relief for individuals and families
Includes the Governor’s Golden State Stimulus Plan to help California households that have suffered the disproportionate economic burden of the COVID-19 recession – those with incomes below $ 30,000 as well as those wrongly excluded from previous state stimulus payments.
Offers a one-time $ 600 relief to households receiving the California EITC 2020. Additionally, the agreement provides for a one-time payment of $ 600 for taxpayers with individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) who were excluded from receiving the $ 1,200 per person excluded federal payments last spring and the most recent $ 600 federal payments . Today’s promotion also includes payments of $ 600 to households with ITINs and incomes below $ 75,000. ITIN taxpayers who also qualify for the California EITC would receive a total of $ 1,200. The payments will be made to these households shortly after filing their 2020 tax returns.
Offers additional relief for additional lower-income Californians through a one-time grant of $ 600 for households participating in the CalWORKS program, as well as recipients of SSI / SSP and Immigrant Cash Assistance (CAPI) programs. Grant payments for CalWORKS households are expected by mid-April. The timing of SSI / SSP and CAPI grants is currently being discussed with federal officials.
In total, the package includes 5.7 million payments to low-income Californians.
Immediate relief for small businesses
Allocated $ 2.1 billion – quadrupling the current $ 500 million distributed – in grants of up to $ 25,000 for small businesses affected by the pandemic, and allocated $ 50 million for non-profit cultural institutions.
Fee exemption for severely affected licensees
Two years of fee relief for approximately 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed by the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which can range from $ 455 to $ 1,235 annually. The promotion also reflects the fee reduction for more than 600,000 hairdressing and cosmetic professionals and companies that have been licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
More resources for critical childcare
Additional federal funding of just over $ 400 million to provide grants of $ 525 per child enrolled to all government-subsidized childcare and preschool providers serving approximately 400,000 children in subsidized childcare nationwide. The new federal funds will extend the care of children of essential workers until June 2022 and improve access to subsidized childcare for more than 8,000 children of essential workers and children at risk – who are currently not cared for in the system – until June 2022.
Additional help for individuals and families
Offers an additional $ 24 million in financial assistance and services through Housing for the Harvest – a program designed to assist farm workers in quarantine due to COVID-19. The effort also collectively provides $ 35 million for food banks and diapers.
Emergency financial assistance to support community college students
Provides additional emergency financial assistance of $ 100M to qualified low-income students upgrading six or more units. The amount of the bonus must be determined on site and made available by the beginning of April. In addition, the agreement provides for $ 20 million to re-engage students who either left their community college degree because of the pandemic or to recruit students who are at risk of dropping out.
Contacting CalFresh students and support with applications
Provided approximately $ 6 million in public relations support and application assistance for University of California, California State University, and California Community College students who are new to CalFresh, the federally administered supplementary food aid program . The agreement also provides US $ 12 million in government funding to support the county’s administrative workload.
In addition, today’s lawsuit contains the following provision:
Restoration of discounts
Restore previous cuts effective July 1 for the University of California, California State University, the Justice Department, childcare services, and middle-income housing.
The governor signed the following bills earlier this week:
AB 81 by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – COVID-19 relief.
AB 82 by Congregation Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency: Contact Tracing: Child Care.
SG 85 of the Budgets Committee – 2020 Budget Act.
SB 87 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – COVID-19 Small Business Aid Program in California: Income Tax: Gross Income: Exclusion: Small Business Grants.
SB 88 of the Budgetary and Tax Audit Committee – One-off economic payment: Late payment: Earned income tax credit: explanations.
SB 94 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Control of alcoholic beverages: Hairdressing and cosmetology: License renewal fees: Waiver.
The full text of the invoices can be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
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