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California stimulus checks arrive ahead of recall election

As California continues the slow recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down many businesses last year, new $ 600 stimulus checks have started arriving in the bank accounts of residents earning up to $ 75. $ 000 a year, to help them get back on their feet.

The first batch of around 600,000 payments totaling some $ 354 million was filed directly on Friday and the state will send checks to other taxpayers every two weeks, according to Daniel Tahara, spokesperson for the state’s Franchise Tax Board. .

Combined with a previous stimulus program to help people earning up to $ 30,000 a year, the state plans to provide $ 11.8 billion to 15.2 million California households, reaching about two-thirds of taxpayers. of State.

The stimulus payments are part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic stimulus package approved by the state legislature in July to help households that struggled to pay their bills during the pandemic.

“The Golden State Stimulus is essential to recovering those hardest hit by the pandemic and supporting California’s economic recovery, putting money directly into the hands of people who will spend it on basic needs and within their communities. local communities, ”Newsom said in a statement.

The checks have started arriving as California voters vote by mail for the September 14 election to decide whether Newsom should be removed from office.

As of Monday, 3.1 million ballots had been submitted by voters, more than 14% of ballots sent by the state.

Some Newsom replacement candidates say the payment schedule appears destined to increase Newsom’s popularity with voters deciding whether to keep his job.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder quoted Newsom’s announcement on Twitter, commenting sarcastically, “Why call back the guy who gives us money!?!.”

Hours after announcing the money release, the California Democratic Party cited stimulus payments on social media as urging people to vote to keep Newsom in power, saying it “has worked tirelessly to support “Californian families during the pandemic.

Newsom and the legislature enacted a first round of Golden State Stimulus payments of $ 600 in February for taxpayers earning up to $ 30,000 a year.

In July, the governor and lawmakers approved a second round of $ 600 stimulus checks for those earning between $ 30,000 and $ 75,000. Taxpayers with dependents will receive $ 1,100, which Newsom called a tax refund.

Immigrants to the country illegally who have taxpayer identification numbers are also eligible for stimulus payments.

Newsom said in a new video post that the stimulus checks were made possible by a state budget surplus of nearly $ 80 billion.

“Be careful with checks either in your mailbox or directly in your account,” he said in the video.

The state automatically deposits stimulus payments into the bank accounts of those who have filed state income tax returns. For those who have not provided their bank account information, it will take about three weeks to send them paper checks.

Residents who have filed returns do not need to do anything else to obtain payment. The deadline for filing tax returns for last year is October 15, and people filing closer to that date will only receive stimulus payments after they are filed.

State officials initially estimated the first batch of new stimulus payments would come in early September, but said it turned out they were able to start sending checks last week.

MP Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), who is also running to replace Newsom, noted that the anti-recall campaign sent a message from Newsom to voters in May asking them to indicate which of the economic improvement proposals, including including the $ 600 stimulus checks, they found the most exciting. People who clicked on items were redirected to a page soliciting contributions to the anti-recall campaign.

“He said, ‘I’ll give you $ 600. You’re excited about this, so here’s my campaign website where you can give back a little of that, ”Kiley said.

The new round of stimulus checks were praised by Natalie Foster, co-chair of the Economic Security Project.

“The data shows that this money will go directly into the pockets of those hardest hit by the pandemic and contribute to our economic recovery,” Foster said in a statement.