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California law will send $600 direct payments to low-income residents

California law will send $600 direct payments to low-income residents

California's governor signed a bill into law Tuesday evening that will provide direct payments of $600 to many of the state's lowest-income residents, including undocumented immigrants.

Newsom announced his signature on Twitter, telling Californians that checks would be "in the pockets" of state residents and small businesses soon.

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California's legislature passed the stimulus plan on Monday, with the state Senate president pro tempore arguing that the relief provided by the package would "ensure Californians & small businesses hit hard by the pandemic aren’t left behind" in a statement released through Twitter.

The plan provides direct income payments to state residents making $30,000 or less who claimed the California Earned Income Tax Credit last year, as well as state residents who have an individual taxpayer identification number instead of a Social Security number and make less than $75,000 per year. This latter group mostly includes undocumented immigrants who were ineligible for Congress's two rounds of federal stimulus checks.

Democrats in Congress are currently debating the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes provisions such as an extension to unemployment benefits and a round of direct payments totaling $1,400 for individuals.