[Ed. – He’d have to get approval from the legislature. There is a budget surplus, which muddies the picture a bit as to what justifies this move. That said, state Democrats are likely to hold him over a barrel and shake him down for every promise he’ll make, to agree to vote for this. They have to face the same voters in 2022, and they don’t want to be seen as buying votes for Newsom. If you’re starting from a fraudulent position, as California Democrats typically are, it’s never so “in the bag” that you can afford to casually accept adverse campaign conditions.]
California’s governor Gavin Newsom unveiled plans Monday to send direct cash payments to two-thirds of residents under a $100 billion plan to assist economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The package which includes tax rebate checks for all residents earning less than $75,000, as well as additional support for households struggling with rent and utility bills, comes as Newsom faces a referendum on his leadership later this year. …
Two-third of Californians would receive a check for at least $600, with an additional $500 for families with children, under plans that need to be approved by the state legislature.