September 17, 2020: September Updates & COVID-19 Resources

Thursday, September 17, 2020

California & COVID-19 Updates

DMV & EDD

As a reminder‚ if you need assistance with state agencies such as the DMV or EDD‚ please do not hesitate to email Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov. We’re here to help.

Financial Relief for Small Businesses

The governor signed two bills I supported that provide financial relief for small businesses. AB 1577 protects PPP loan recipients from potentially having to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected state income tax on their forgiven PPP loans‚ and under SB 1447‚ qualified small-business employers who hire full-time-equivalent employees between July 1 and Nov. 30 are eligible for a $1‚000 tax credit for each hired employee‚ to a maximum credit of $100‚000.

Helping Nonprofits

SB 934‚ approved by the governor‚ helps non-profits save money‚ reduce paperwork‚ and makes state government more efficient. I proudly supported this measure to eliminate the filing and return fees paid by non-profits to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). According to FTB‚ it actually costs more to collect these fees than the amount of money they bring into the state.

Housing Assistance

Renters‚ Homeowners‚ and Small landlords: The Tenant‚ Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 provides renters‚ homeowners‚ and small landlords with relief if coronavirus has impacted your ability to pay your rent or mortgage. More information is available here.

Homeowners and Small Landlords: Foreclosure protection is available for homeowners and small landlords who have federally-backed mortgages through the federal CARES Act. Homeowners or small landlords who don’t have federally-backed loans can contact their loan servicers to request forbearance. In addition‚ these financial institutions may be able to reduce or delay your monthly payment.

Status of Activities in Your County

Not sure what’s open in your county? Check the latest status of activities in your county here.

November 3 General Election

Counties will mail ballots to voters in California no later than October 5‚ 2020 and voters will be able to cast ballots early‚ in-person at their county registrar’s office. Make sure to verify your status at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov.

Utilities

Many utility providers will not turn off services due to non-payment. Check with the California Public Utilities Commission for more information on utility consumer protections during COVID-19.

Wildfires

As of September 16‚ 2020‚ over 17‚600 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 25 major wildfires and 2 extended attack wildfires in California. Since the beginning of the year‚ wildfires have burned over 3.3 million acres in California. Learn how to prepare for any emergency at www.ReadyForWildfire.org. You can also join Red Cross for a virtual home fire preparedness presentation on Wednesday‚ September 30 at 10:00AM. Click here to join.

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