Here's how the direct payments would work. Taxpayers would receive either $350, $250 or $200 based on their income level with an additional payment of the same amount if they have at least one dependent.
· Single filers who make less than $75,000 would get $350. Joint filers with an income under $150,000 would receive $700. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $350. So for example, that means a married couple earning $100,000 per year with one child would get $1,050. And about 82% of the state's beneficiaries are in this income level.
· Single filers who make $75,001 to $125,000 would get $250. Joint filers with an income between $150,001 and $250,000 would receive $500. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $250. And about 12% of beneficiaries are in this level.
· Single filers who make $125,001 to $250,000 would get $200. Joint filers who make between $250,001 and $500,000 would receive $400. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $200.
About 6% of beneficiaries are in this level. Here's what other relief efforts are in the budget deal to help vulnerable Californians. $300 million for increased benefits for Supplemental Security Income and State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) recipients: The SSI/SSP program is for seniors who are ages 65 or older, or blind or disabled. The deal would increase grants by about $39 per month ($470 for the year) for individuals and $100 per month ($1,200 for the year) for couples. In all, the increases would affect 1.1 million cases. We also have more than $800 million for CalWORKS grant recipients: CalWORKS is a program that provides cash and services to eligible families with a child or children in the home. Combined with previously announced increases, a family of three could receive as much as $194 more a month. And these increases affect about 369,000 households. Beginning on October 1st, the state will suspend the diesel sales tax, which is now 23 cents per gallon, for 12 months. This comes as the last word on Friday was that a suspension of a gas tax was off the table as Newsom and Democratic leaders refused, arguing it would not guarantee a big enough price drop to benefit drivers. Sunday's deal also includes additional funding to help people pay for rent and utility bills. The release from the governor and legislative leaders also said California would "become the first state to achieve universal access to health care coverage", but does not go into further detail. The deal comes as Californians have struggled with rising gas prices. On Sunday, the state's average gallon of regular gas cost an insane $6.32. And that folks, is why I stay home most days.