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01.06.21 Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris to join state senators to ‘Keep California Working’

Excerpted by Daily Pilot 

By Lily Nguyen 

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) and state Sens. Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) and Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) say they want to keep Californians and Californian businesses working.

That’s the thought behind Senate Bill 74, which is also known as the “Keep California Working Act.” The bill aims to appropriate $2.6 billion from the state’s general fund to be allocated to the Office of Small Business Advocate, where it would then be distributed in the form of grants of unspecified amounts to small businesses and nonprofits economically affected by the ongoing pandemic.

The bill was introduced on Dec. 10. It is not yet approved.

“The fact of the matter is this: Our small businesses and their employees need help and they need help now,” Borgeas said in a news conference on the bill Wednesday.