Tuesday, 28 June 2022 12:28

CA Governor Signs Budget Agreement with $1,050 in 'Inflation Relief'

Written by Tom Joyce, The Center Square


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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has enacted the state's budget that will see 23 million residents receiving a four-digit check from the state.

The enactment comes after Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, sent Newsom the framework of the state's 2022-23 state budget.


The lawmakers said there will be a $17 billion "inflation relief package" in the budget, which Newsom's office indicated he signed June 27. In addition to the payouts, the budget will suspend the state sales tax on diesel and provide funding for both rent and utility assistance.


"California's budget addresses the state's most pressing needs, and prioritizes getting dollars back into the pockets of millions of Californians who are grappling with global inflation and rising prices of everything from gas to groceries," the statement from the lawmakers said.


The budget will increase environmental spending. It will secure "additional power-generating capacity for the summer, accelerating our clean energy future," the lawmakers said. They said it will also help them prepare for and respond to severe wildfires, extreme heat and drought conditions.


Although the lawmakers said they'll provide additional funding for "reproductive health care services," including abortion, they tout the budget as a "pro-life agenda."


"This budget builds on our unprecedented commitment to transform the resources available in our state, from a $47 billion multi-year infrastructure and transportation package to education and health care, showing the nation what a true pro-life agenda looks like," they wrote.


The lawmakers said this budget will make California the first state to...

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