Stateline: Your Check's in the Mail: States Give Tax Refunds to Cushion Inflation

This month, Colorado taxpayers began receiving refunds from the state government. Joint filers got $1,500, and single filers got $750. Enclosed was a letter from Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, who noted that the checks — required under the state constitution — were being mailed ahead of schedule, due to a law passed this session, to help people cope with rising prices.

“At a time when inflation is causing increases in the cost of everyday items, we are committed to getting this money to you as quickly as possible,” Polis wrote.

Ting Announces State Funding To Improve & Expand Resources For AAPI Seniors In San Francisco’s Sunset District

According to nonprofit, Self Help For the Elderly, the fastest growing demographic is seniors, and by 2030, nearly one-third of the city’s residents will be at least 60 years old with nearly half identifying as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI). In order to meet the growing needs of AAPI seniors living in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced $3.5 million from the California budget to enhance and improve services at two facilities serving this population.

“I want our elders to age with dignity and enjoy their independence. That means we must invest in community spaces where they can live out their golden years in safe, nurturing environments among people they know and in neighborhoods they’re familiar with. Not only does the state funding I secured provide options for a healthy lifestyle, but it also enables them to thrive,” said Ting, whose district includes the Sunset.

ABC 7: What You Need To Know About New CA Law Eliminating Late Traffic Fines, Lowering Late Fees

The state has eliminated all late traffic fines and dropped the price of existing fees for all Californians.

"We punish people extravagantly for traffic violations," said Rio Scharf, an attorney for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. "Not just with fines, but also with a ton of mandatory fees." AB 199 - California Assembly (20212022) - Open States

Assembly Bill 199 aims to cut down costs - eliminating all traffic late fees imposed before July 1.

Bay Area Reporter: LGBTQ Asians Push To Stem Hate Crimes Tide

LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are part of a coalition of community groups and state lawmakers pushing to stem a tide of hate crimes against API individuals and others that has been rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are focused this week on advancing two bills in the California Legislature collectively called the No Place for Hate Campaign.

Ting Signs On To Letter Urging Feds For Funding Flexibility To Address Monkeypox

Ting joins ten other state lawmakers in urging Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to allow flexibility in the use of Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) funds so that California can respond to monkeypox. With quick action, the spread of this contagious disease can be stopped. Read the full letter here.