Democrat Governor Gavin Newson is now discussing a new proposal to give Californians free $400 debit cards in order to help offset the surging price of gasoline.

The Details: The cards are part of a proposed 11 billion dollar relief plan Newsom unveiled Wednesday which, in addition to the debt cards, included temporarily providing free public transit and reducing taxes on fuel.

Fuel prices have surged across the country in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine but California has been hit particularly hard, with the average price of gallon of gasoline in the state having risen to $5.88 a gallon.

If approved by the state legislature, the first payments could be received by citizens as soon as July.

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