A California city is poised to become the first in the nation to issue its residents a free universal income; doling out $500 a month with the hopes if boosting a stagnant economy and failing housing market.
According to Fox News, Stockton, California is set to issue the payments to any of its 300,000 residents living below the poverty line; allowing its citizens to spend the free income on anything they wish to purchase.
The test program is set to launch in 2019 with at least 100 residents enrolled for 18 months. After the pilot program, city officials will decide whether or not to make the policy open to all households.
“The city, which was once known as America’s foreclosure capital, has recently fallen on hard times, with 1-in-4 residents living below the poverty line and the median household income at nearly $8,000 lower than the national median,” writes Fox News.
“It is such a fundamental idea behind America that if you work hard, you can get ahead, and you certainly don’t live in poverty. But that isn’t true today, and it hasn’t been true in the country for decades,” said the Mayor of Stockton.
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CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Governor Unveils New Plan to ‘TAX DRINKING WATER’
Liberal California Governor Jerry Brown offered a unique solution to solve his state’s crumbling infrastructure this week, unveiling his plan to “tax drinking water” on residents and businesses to help finance new infrastructure projects.
According to the Daily Caller, the revenue would help fund new pipelines and filtering facilities to help remove arsenic and other chemicals found in the state’s water supply -predominately in rural areas.
“Residents and businesses would pay a tax on their monthly water bills, while the average Californian would pay an additional $11.40 per year for drinking water. The agricultural industry would be forced to contribute through taxes on fertilizer purchases and fees paid by dairy farmers. Regulators have long argued California’s water is unsafe to drink,” writes the Caller.
The governor’s plan comes just one year after he signed a new bill raising taxes on gasoline throughout the state, sparking outrage from residents and local businesses who rely on automobiles and trucks to conduct their daily business.
The burdensome tax plan is raising Republicans’ hopes of a surprising “red wave” throughout the state during the 2018 midterm elections.
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CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Homeless Camps HALT TRAIN Traffic Across the State
The recent boom of makeshift homeless camps alongside California’s railroad tracks is creating a major headache for local commuters; slowing down train schedules and halting service due to unauthorized persons “trespassing” in the area.
According to Fox News, the “explosion” of tent villages across the state are frustrating residents and local authorities; prompting officials to issue an official “note” to passengers to explain delayed schedules and canceled service.
“The Capitol Corridor’s service in the past year, and particularly over the past six months, has not been up to the levels you are used to and have come to expect from us,” Managing Director David Kutrosky said in his note to riders. “I know this is frustrating for you. It is frustrating, and unacceptable, for us as well.”
“It bears repeating, being on or alongside railroad tracks is not only unwise, but it is also illegal because technically that area, also called the ‘right of way,’ is owned by UP(Union Pacific),” Kutrosky added.
The explosion of homeless “tent towns” across the state have prompted a severe backlash against the encampments, with local governments in Orange County voting to dismantle the sites and relocate the homeless population to more permanent shelters.