Sacramento Bee Fact Check: Gov. Newsom Didn't Mention That Jobless Payments For Self-Employed Will Come in Phases

Friday, May 8, 2020

In an effort to help independent contractors (self-employed and gig workers), “Gov. Gavin Newsom promised quick payments for anguished constituents from a new program funded by Congress aimed at instantly helping people not eligible for regular unemployment insurance who lost their jobs or faced cutbacks because of the coronavirus outbreak.”

What he DIDN’T say was that the money would come in phases, with minimum amounts now and the rest later, “at a time that has not yet been announced.”

Here is more of what was promised:

“At Newsom’s April 15 news conference, department Secretary Julie Su explained that once people applied for PUA starting on April 28, ‘you will be able to certify the next day and we are going to be turning around payments within 24 to 48 hours.’

“She elaborated: ‘So those first payments should be out by April 30th. I know many of you have been waiting for that.’”

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