Millions of Californians to Get Tax Rebates of Up to $1,100

FILE – In this April 23, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference in Big Sur, Calif. A California appeals court has upheld Newsom’s emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento ruled Wednesday, May 5, 2021, for the Democratic governor in a lawsuit brought by two Republican lawmakers. (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File)

As part of a broader pandemic recovery plan, Californians are set to get tax rebates of up to $1,100. This is possible because of an unexpected $75 billion budget surplus a surprise to officials who predicted a deficit of more than $50 billion.

This proposal was revealed by Gov. Gavin Newsom who sees this as a means to drive the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

This budget surplus is due to taxes paid by rich Californians who did well during the pandemic.

The payments will help cover $5.2 billion in back rent and $2 billion for overdue utility bills for those who fell behind during the pandemic.

– Ella Breedlove