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Newsom lays out coronavirus relief for small businesses

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $4 billion plan aimed at creating jobs and helping small businesses hit by the coronavirus.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 10:47 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Shutting down, reopening and shutting down again – a reoccurring theme for businesses.

This pattern has made it hard for small businesses to remain stable.

But, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $4 billion plan aimed at creating jobs and helping small businesses hit by the coronavirus.

If this passes $575 million would go to small businesses across the state.

Each businesses that qualifies could get up to $25 thousand in grants.

Newsom also wants to give $430 million in tax credits to businesses creating full-time jobs.

This proposal might help small businesses.

Doug Roberts, Duffy’s Tavern owner, said, "We came into this with zero debt. And now it's just going up."

For Doug, this grant could help ease some expenses.

"It would help offset rent which we are not paying right now which we will owe. We've been operating off borrowed money since July. So, anything helps because that's less money that we have to borrow to stay here. Because otherwise at some point, the borrowed money, when it's gone, there is nothing left."

Duffy's has only been open for 2 months since the pandemic started, struggling to stay alive.

So, is this grant enough?

"It's like a nice Christmas present from your uncle,” said Doug. “You know, it's not going to change your life. It's nice. Yeah, we'll take it. It's not going to fix what's already happened. That money won't make us whole. We are still going to owe way more than that. We are alive. We are still here. We want to be open. And we want to see our friends again."

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
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