California Passes Bill Approving $600 Stimulus Payments for 5.7 Million People

California lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that would send $600 payments to nearly six million people, with Gov. Gavin Newsom expected to sign it into law soon. The payments are part of a $7.6 billion COVID-19 relief package the state Legislature overwhelmingly approved, with the backing of Newsom, a Democrat. Top lawmakers and the governor unveiled the package last week after hammering key details out in negotiations. The agreement included one-time $600 payments to those with incomes so low they received the California Earned Income Tax Credit last year. Some payments will go to immigrants, including illegal immigrants. Lawmakers approved sending checks to taxpayers who are in households with an income level below $75,000 and who have Individual Tax Identification Numbers, which are given to people who don’t have or are not eligible for a Social Security Number. “The agreement incorporates the governor’s Golden State Stimulus plan to assist California households …

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