SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new stimulus check could be on the way for Californians.
As part of the $100 billion budget proposal on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a big expansion of the Golden State Stimulus checks that have already gone out to lower-income residents.
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2 out of every 3 Californians will now benefit from a stimulus check of at least $600. And families with kids will now get an additional $500.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 10, 2021
The plan would give a $600 payment to individuals and households making between $30,000 and $75,000 a year.
Further, all households making up to $75,000 with at least one child – including immigrants in the country illegally who file taxes – would get an extra $500 payment.
“Direct stimulus checks going into people’s pockets – that direct relief, that’s meaningful,” Newsom said during an event in Oakland to announce the plan.READ MORE: Sacramento Judge Delays Enforcement Of Part Of New California Bacon Law
Previously, the Golden State Stimulus sent out $600 checks to households earning less than $30,000 a year.
With a recall election later in the year all but likely, Republican rivals were quick to criticize Newsom’s expanded stimulus plan.
“Gavin Newsom is making one-time payments to Californians to avoid being recalled – and only because the law requires him to,” tweeted John Cox, a Republican running to unseat Newsom. “But, Californians can’t be bought.”
In total, the governor’s office says the new plan would send out $11.9 billion in direct cash payments.MORE NEWS: Modesto Explores Hiring Park Rangers To Keep Parks Clean And Safe
The budget and expansion of the Golden State Stimulus comes as California has generated more tax revenue despite the pandemic, leading to a bigger surplus.