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Under the plan, Californian’s making $75,000 a year or less will receive $600 from the state. Families with children will receive another $500, with undocumented families also receiving $500. This is the second such state stimulus money to be divested to Californians, following the April $600 per person Golden State Stimulus being sent to 4 million low-income Californians making under $30,000. Because they received a check or direct deposit in April, they will not be eligible for the second check.
“The Plan creates the biggest state tax rebate in American history, expanding direct payments to middle class families for a total of $12 billion in stimulus payments that will go directly to middle class Californians and families,” a statement from the Governor said on Monday. “Nearly two thirds of Californians will now qualify for a stimulus check of $600. Qualified families with kids will receive an additional $500.”
The second stimulus payment was expected to be sent out in late August. However, due to a delay in signing the budget by nearly two weeks by the Governor, from the original July 1st date, payments will now come in early September – just ahead of the recall election. California Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer confirmed the check depositing time with several California publications this week.
The timing of the stimulus deposit to about two-thirds of the population of California has been questioned by many, largely due to the stimulus coming in only days before the Governor recall election on September 14th.
“I mean, it’s extremely obvious what he did,” explained former lobbyist Harry Schultz to the Globe on Tuesday. “They want that money to go out as soon to the election as possible. Right now Newsom is ahead, and also right now, expected to stave off the recall. But this is essentially insurance. People going out to vote will have a lot of recent things on their mind, and getting $600 will be a big thing. It can be a deciding factor for many.”
“And it also shields him from any screw ups. Should he get embroiled in a scandal between now and when by-mail ballots go out, he has a guaranteed ace in his sleeve near election day.”
“I have to hand it to him, using a once in a generation cash surplus partially to give money back to the majority of voters under a banner of being for a stimulus just before an election set up to oust him is a masterstroke. He really took every possible advantage there and really played with a really uneven and unfair hand against opponents, but it all got set up.”
“This has to tell you just how worried they are that the GOP can still pull off an upset. Newsom is strongly leading now, but anything can change in the next two months. Newsom and his team knew that going in, so they made it all coincide.”
A final date on the checks’ release has not been announced yet, but is highly expected to fall somewhere around a week before the recall election.
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