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California announces second round of $600 stimulus payments

Newsom estimates nearly two-thirds of Californians qualify for the stimulus checks.

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As millions of Americans petition for a fourth federal stimulus payment, Californians are gearing up to receive a second round of $600 stimulus checks directly from the Golden State.

The payments are part of a $100 billion budget deal Governor Gavin Newsom signed on Monday, and should start going out in September. While the previous round of stimulus targeted individuals earning $30,000 or less, this round will expand the $600 checks to individuals with incomes of $75,000 or less. Qualifying families with kids, including undocumented families, will get another $500.

Newsom estimates nearly two-thirds of Californians qualify for the stimulus checks. If you qualify, make sure to file your taxes by October 15, 2021, to receive your payment. 

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Other states that have sent out one-time relief payments to residents include Colorado, which gave $375 to qualifying individuals, and New Mexico, which sent $1,200 to residents claiming unemployment.

A Change.org petition calling for an additional federal stimulus of $2,000 per month for every adult American and $1,000 for every child has gained 2.5 million signatures since beginning to circulate last year.

Though there are currently no signs Congress plans to send out further stimulus, those eligible to receive the Child Tax Credit should begin getting checks this week.

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