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Newsom signs relief bill that includes $600 payments for 5.7 million people

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 19:25:02-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package for California.

The new laws will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million people while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses.

The bills include relief for 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.

Newsom signed the law as Congress is debating a much larger stimulus package for the nation. California's stimulus package will give up to $25,000 grants to small businesses with revenues between $1,000 and $2.5 million.

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