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Gavin Newsom proposes California inflation relief checks. Here’s what you would get.

May 13, 2022Updated: May 13, 2022 3:51 p.m.Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed inflation relief checks for California residents as part of a $18.1 billion relief package.Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty ImagesCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders could have nearly $100 billion of extra cash to spend, with the state expecting a record budget surplus this year. Newsom…


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Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed inflation relief checks for California residents as part of a $18.1 billion relief package.

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed inflation relief checks for California residents as part of a $18.1 billion relief package.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders could have nearly $100 billion of extra cash to spend, with the state expecting a record budget surplus this year. Newsom plans to direct some of the money to residents to ease the pressure of skyrocketing inflation.

As part of the governor’s proposed $18.1 billion inflation relief package, residents could benefit from the following:

-Registered vehicle owners could receive $400 checks, a statement issued by the governor’s office on Thursday said. The refund would be capped at two checks per individual under Newsom’s plan — in other words, if you own three cars, you will receive $800. The plan proposed $11.5 billion for tax refunds to address rising gas prices.

-Qualified low-income tenants who requested rental assistance before March 31 could see relief checks. It is unknown at this point who would be eligible and how much they would receive. Newsom suggested $2.7 billion for emergency rental assistance.

– People who use public transit would be eligible for free service for a short time. Newsom proposed three months of free transportation throughout the state. The cost of such a plan is estimated to be $750 million.

-Low-income families could qualify for savings of up to $595 a month for child care and preschool. Newsom called for $157 million to waive child care fees.

-Residents could receive relief to help pay past-due utility bills. The proposal includes $1.2 billion for electricity bills and $200 million for water bills. It’s not clear who would be eligible and how big the checks would be, just like the rent relief.

-People who drive vehicles that run on diesel could benefit from a 12-month pause on the sales tax tagged onto diesel fuel, which would provide some $439 million in relief.

The 2023 proposal comes as Californians face skyrocketing housing prices and record-high prices at the gas pump. The projected inflation for the 2021-2022 fiscal year that ends June 30 will be more than 7% higher than the year before, the California Department of Finance said in its budget summary.

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