$17B Inflation Relief Package Includes Stimulus Checks For Californians

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FILE - In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio. The share of Americans living in poverty rose slightly as the COVID pandemic shook the economy last year, but massive relief payments pumped out by Congress eased hardship for many, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, Sept. 14. The official poverty measure showed an increase of 1 percentage point in 2020, indicating that 11.4% of Americans were living in poverty. It was the first increase in poverty after five consecutive annual declines. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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Californians may soon see a stimulus check after the state’s governor and lawmakers come to a budget agreement. Governor Gavin Newsom says the $17 billion inflation relief package will offer tax refunds to millions of working Californians.

Reports are 23 million will receive direct payments of up to $1,050. The package will also include a suspension of the state’s sales tax on diesel and additional funds to help people pay the rent and utility bills.

The relief package will be paid for by the $97 billion state budget surplus, the highest in California’s history. According to a Newsom administration official, checks will be delivered via direct deposit or debit card by late October.

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