Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Orange County) announced immediate, legislative relief to California’s businesses, a major priority for Senator Umberg throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the passage of two budget bills: Assembly Bill (AB) 83 and Senate Bill (SB) 87. Together, these proposals will put more money in the pockets of businesses who need it. SB 87 will allocate over $2 billion to the Golden State Stimulus Emergency Fund, which will then provide grants to eligible, small businesses. AB 83 build upon the legislative work of Senator Umberg by waiving license renewal fees to restaurants and cosmetologists, two industries that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of California’s small businesses are on the precipice of shutting down permanently – an action that if so, could affect economic diversity for a generation,” said Senator Umberg. “I applaud legislative leaders and the governor for recognizing the unfairness of collecting business operating fees during our shutdown and choosing to waive them prospectively, a cause I have advocated for through my work on Senate Bill 49 (Umberg, 2021). I am heartened by this progress, but also reminded of the work that remains to achieve our goal: providing truly adequate relief to all businesses who need it.
Senator Umberg is a coauthor to Senate Bill 87, the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. He has also strongly advocated for the principles in Assembly Bill 83, which will waive license renewal fees for restaurants and cosmetologists. These bills will both be sent to the governor for his signature, which, upon approval, will provide immediate relief to these industries.
For small business COVID-19 resources and grant information, people are encouraged to visit California’s dedicated portal at: https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/.
This article was released by the Office of Senator Tom Umberg.