As of January, the state’s tax collections were $10.5 billion ahead of projections. It’s so much money that, for just the second time ever, the state is projected to trigger a state law requiring the government to send refunds to taxpayers.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday that will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million people while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses.
After Congress approved a $600 payment for adults, Newsom said he wants to give an additional $600 to Californians who earn $30,000 or less.
In a strange and tumultuous year, 2020 delivered this paradox for Gov. Gavin Newsom: As Californians endured enormous suffering amid devastating wildfires and a deadly pandemic, their governor accumulated an unusual trove of power to shape Democratic politics for years to come.
It’s now a crime for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime.
California voters will weigh in this November on whether to expand a landmark data privacy law, alter a decades-old law that limits property taxes on businesses and exempt ride-hail giants Uber and Lyft from a new state labor law.
It is unclear whether Ntuk, who works as a petroleum administrator for the city of Los Angeles, will have to step down from his position on the Long Beach board if he is confirmed for the new post.
While the law would not take effect until Jan. 1, it would apply to rent increases on or after March 15, 2019, to prevent landlords from raising rents just before the caps go into place.
The trends in California are especially concerning given the increases in the cost of living across the state.
The United States’ trade war with China, however, could put California’s job gains in peril, experts say.