Unlike the federal money, undocumented immigrants would be eligible for the California payments.
Newsom’s proposal is part of a broader economic relief plan that includes an extension of the state’s eviction moratorium, which is set to expire on January 31. If it’s extended, renters facing financial hardship due to the pandemic would be protected from eviction as long as they have paid at least 25% of their unpaid rent.
The Democratic governor’s plan also calls for using the state’s $2.6 billion in federal stimulus money to help stabilize both low-income renters and small business owners.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Wednesday that one of the first bills he’d like to pass as Senate majority leader would provide $2,000 stimulus checks, a proposal blocked by current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, whose twin victories this week delivered the Senate to Democrats, campaigned on passing $2,000 payments.