State Controller John Chiang said that if the California budget deficit is not resolved, beginning Feb. 1, his office will defer tax refund checks as well as payments to recipients of Social Security Insurance (SSI), the State Supplement Program (SSP) (aged, blind and disabled), grants for college and other programs and individuals.

According to a spokesperson for the Controller’s office, the federal government has tentatively agreed to cover the full cost of payments such as SSI and SSP.

Among those payments not expected to be impacted by the deferrals are schools, debt service, General Relief because they either have constitutional protections such as schools or are programs operated by other entities such as General Relief.