California is paying off residents’ past due rent during the COVID-19 pandemic as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the news of the federal funds allocation. Newsom’s senior counselor on housing and homelessness, Jason Elliott, confirmed that $5.2 billion in funds from Congressionally-approved aid packages will be used as only $32 million out
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced “incentives” for residents to get the COVID vaccine, including a chance to win a part of a $15 million lottery. “This last week, those first doses are way down,” said Newsom, pointing to the June 15 goal “north of 70% of all eligible Californians” vaccinated.
While the $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill advanced through the US Senate in a 50-49 vote party line vote, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a bright spot in the massive spending bill proceedings. On Thursday, Paul, the ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee forced Democrats to remove