California Legislature Approves Golden State Stimulus Checks and Small Business Aid as Part of COVID Relief Early Budget Package

Monday, February 22, 2021

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the California State Legislature approved several measures as part of the COVID-19 relief early budget package to bring immediate assistance to individuals, small businesses, nonprofits and others. These legislative budget actions are part of the Governor and Legislature’s $9.6 billion pandemic emergency relief package and included funding for initiatives Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) has championed such as Golden State Stimulus payments, small business grants, farmworker Housing to Harvest program, and childcare assistance.

 

“The Legislature has come together with Governor Newsom on a COVID-19 relief early budget package that will send $600 stimulus checks and other critical assistance to our most vulnerable Californians, small businesses, and nonprofits. Our legislative actions approved funding for several initiatives we have been championing such as the Golden State Stimulus, small business and nonprofit grants, the farmworker Housing to Harvest program, and childcare assistance,” stated Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.

 

“We are grateful to secure these emergency aid funds and remain laser-focused on our regional pandemic priorities including ensuring equitable distribution of vaccine supplies and other resources needed to combat COVID-19 in hard-hit areas like ours.”

 

Legislative Action Highlights: (from the approved AB 81, AB 82, AB 85, SB 87, SB 88, SB 94)

 

Golden State Stimulus: $600 Stimulus Checks for Low-Income Residents
$2.1 B in Small Business Grants including $50 M for Nonprofit Cultural Institutions
$402 M  Subsidized Childcare and Preschool Providers
$123 M  Community College Student Emergency Financial Assistance
$35 M for Food Banks and Diaper Banks
$24 M Housing to Harvest Program: Providing Shelter and Aid for Farmworkers Impacted by COVID-19
Barbering and Cosmetology License Fee Relief
Restaurants and Bars Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control License Fee Relief
 

Votes remain on additional bills to complete California’s total early budget relief package. 

 

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Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. He represents the 56th district, which comprises the cities and communities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.