California governor proposes tripling spending on stimulus checks

California governor proposes tripling spending on stimulus checks
California Governor Gavin Newsom. Axios on HBO video clip, YouTube

[Ed. – Hard to imagine why so many Californians want him out.]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday proposed a $100 billion economic stimulus plan that would triple the state’s direct cash assistance program to reach an estimated two-thirds of residents.

The announcement comes as Mr. Newsom said the state is expecting an unprecedented $75.7 billion state budget surplus, due largely to booming tax revenues from wealthy residents.

The budget proposal, if passed by the Legislature, would send $600 tax rebate checks to households making up to $75,000 and an additional $500 to families if they have children. The cost of the new checks is about $8.1 billion.

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“California’s recovery is well under way, but we can’t be satisfied with simply going back to the way things were,” Mr. Newsom said in a statement.

The Democrat also announced he would be doubling the amount of direct assistance to renters. …

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