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Gas Rebate Checks Delayed, Possible Distribution Later This Year

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Gas rebate checks are reportedly delayed, possibly till October.

Governor Gavin Newsom expects the process to take until October, according to a new report from the Bay Area News Group. Earlier this year in March,Governor Newsom said, “We’re taking immediate action to get money directly into the pockets of Californians who are facing higher gas prices as a direct result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.” Now, the Governor says rebate checks are still five months away. California’s pumps are currently the most expensive in the nation, averaging $5.8 per gallon, according to the latest survey from AAA, and are expected to go even higher this summer.

Governor Newsom and Democrats in the legislature must still determine eligibility factors for the money to be distributed, or base the rebates off of individuals in certain income levels.Those eligible for the rebate will receive up to $400 per vehicle to offset the high price of gas. “With the new revenue available for this year’s state budget, the senate is doubling down on our priorities— relief of $8 billion for Californians facing higher consumer costs … and reinvesting California’s wealth in those who need it most, especially struggling families and small businesses,” state senator Toni Atkins said.

The state's gas rebate check timeline will most likely be set in Governor Newsom’s revised state budget, which is expected to be released later this week. The state budget will be finalized by June.

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