A state senator claims that California’s budget surplus is large enough to provide each individual with a $1,100 stimulus payment. As California considers whether to send the next round of booster cheques to deal with such a big expected balanced budget, one state legislator argued for further tax rebates on Wednesday.
Republican State Senator Brian Jones utilized grains of rice in a video uploaded online to start breaking down the predicted budget surplus, which was predicted at $45.7 billion in January.
As he tossed the big mound of rice around with his palm, Jones stated, “If each grain of rice represents $100,000, that implies California’s $45 billion surpluses is tax over-collected by this amount.”
The sum, as per the state senator, is enough to give every Californian a $1,125 tax rebate, or $4,500 for a large family consisting of 4 members.
Because the excess is anticipated to surpass California’s constitutional limit, imposed by Proposition 4, or the “Gann Limit,” extra stimulus payments may be issued. This effectively caps the amount of tax income the state may spend while allowing politicians to decide what to do about the remaining funds, which might include returning them to residents in the shape of a refund.
Since the passing of Proposition 4 in 1979, the state has only reached the Gann Limit twice, the most recent being last year.
Gov. Gavin Newsom stated last month that his administration predicted a surplus of roughly $2.6 billion and over the constitution limit in his broad $286 billion proposed budget for the 2022 fiscal year.
Jones, for one, is in favor of paying refunds, or Golden State Stimulus payments, as they were known to last year.
“Any amount that we can persuade the state, the governor, and the Republicans in the Legislature to pay back, I believe, is an advantage to every California and every California family,” said Jones, for whom the 38th district spans part of inland San Diego County.
Although such payments were not included in Newsom’s first plan, he later stated that they would “certainly” be included in the final edit.