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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Newsom Signs CA COVID-19 Relief Package

  • 2021-02-25T16:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced they had come to agreement on a state COVID-19 relief package. On Tuesday, February 24, Governor Newsom signed it into law. Elements of the package include:

• Golden State Stimulus: Direct payments of $600 to those making under $30,000, in addition to those excluded from federal stimulus programs
• Small Business Grants: $2 billion for small business grants up to $25,000
• Fee Waivers: Two years of fee relief of heavily impacted businesses (restaurants, bars, cosmetologists, etc.)
• Child Care: $400 million in federal funds for stipends of $525 to childcare and preschool providers
• Housing for Harvest: $24 million for the Housing for Harvest Program
• Financial Aid: $100 million in financial aid for low-income students of community college
• CalFresh: $6 million for outreach to state higher education institutions for students who are eligible for CalFresh, with an additional $12 million to support associated county administrative workload
• Restoration of Reductions: Restores previously enacted reductions, effective July 1, for University of California, California State University, the Judicial Branch, Child Supportive Services and for moderate-income housing

Governor Newsom’s signing announcement can be found here.