If you are frustrated with California’s high gas prices, you are not alone. California has some of the highest gas prices in the nation. Unfortunately, this crisis is not showing any signs of abating, as the city of Mendocino here in California has recently approached $9.60 per gallon. There is no telling when this crisis will end. Needless to say, this affects many people here, and across the nation.
Fortunately, our state government is also concerned about this crisis. As a result, there might be some relief for you and other Californians. There are several states across the country that are proposing gas rebates to help their citizens in this time of need, and California is no exception.
Relief is coming
Under a proposal by Governor Gavin Newsom, registered vehicle owners would be eligible for rebates at $400 per vehicle, capped at $800 for two vehicles, totaling $9 billion in direct payments to millions of Californians. However, the state legislative leaders have proposed a different plan, under which taxpayers earning annual salaries of $125,000 or less would receive $200, and an additional $200 for each child or dependent. This is a point of contention between the Governor and the State Legislature. The next issue is–which state agency will oversee this program? The governor wants to hire a third party to distribute the checks in conjunction with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. In contrast, the state legislative leaders want the State Franchise Board to handle the process.
Meanwhile, thousands of Californians are still waiting for COVID relief checks. Therefore, it is still unclear when the gas rebate checks will be delivered. A clearer picture will arise when the state budget is finalized this month.
However, it is expected that these checks will probably go out at the end of the summer. Some are suggesting September as the time when these rebate checks will arrive in the mail. Regardless of which plan is finalized, most Californians can expect to receive some financial assistance to help them weather this storm.
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If you have any questions regarding the proposed gas rebates or have been involved in a car accident, contact us at Salamati Law today. We are experienced and compassionate Los Angeles car accident lawyers of choice for many Californians. Contact us today for a free consultation.