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California virus aid plan would pay $600 each to millions

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Feb 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Millions of low-income Californians would receive $600 checks under a $9.6 billion coronavirus aid package proposed by lawmakers.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Wednesday that they've agreed on a plan that would cut checks to about 5.7 million people who earn less than $30,000 per year, as well as some immigrants who were excluded from federal COVID-19 relief payments during the Trump administration.

The package also provides a new round of small business grants and more housing assistance for farmworkers infected by the virus.

The Legislature hopes to vote on the plan as early as next Monday.