Sen. Skinner Applauds Approval of $7.6 Billion Stimulus Package

February 23, 2021

California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, applauded today Gov. Newsom and the Legislature’s approval of the following Golden State stimulus actions:

  • $3.8 billion in Golden State Stimulus direct payments to low income individuals and families
  • $2.2 billion for small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions
  • $1.6 billion in aid to community college students, childcare providers, food and diaper banks and other essential services, and to restore cuts made last year to UC and CSU.

“Relief is on the way to California families and businesses hit hardest economically by the pandemic,” said Sen. Skinner, D-Berkeley. “The actions we took will be especially helpful to families and small businesses that were excluded from federal stimulus payments.”

Under the Golden State Stimulus, low-income Californians and undocumented taxpayers who file ITIN returns will receive $600 stimulus payments as soon they complete their 2020 tax returns. In addition, CalWORKs recipients and those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) funds will also receive $600 payments.

“I’m particularly heartened that the additional funds for small businesses and nonprofits includes $50 million for theaters, music venues, museums and other cultural institutions whose doors have been shut since the pandemic began,” Skinner added.

“This is great news for Californians. As chair of the Senate Budget Committee, I commend Gov. Newsom and my legislative colleagues for assembling this much-needed package,” Skinner said.


Sen. Skinner represents the 9th Senate District, is chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and is vice chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.