Feb 22, 2021 - Health

California to provide $600 stimulus payments to 5.7 million people

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the press at the Moscone Center vaccination site on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom during a Feb. 12 news conference in San Francisco. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie/Pool/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has pledged to sign into law Tuesday a measure to provide some 5.7 million people with at least $600 in one-off payments as part of a state COVID-19 relief package.

Driving the news: State lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly voted for the bill, designed to help people on lower incomes through the pandemic.

  • The $7.6 billion economic recovery package passed by the state Legislature also includes $2.1 billion in grants for small businesses.
  • The package also provides relief to businesses in need of help, like restaurants and hair salons, and food and diaper banks. There's also relief for community college students and the child care sector.
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