A town in California is one of the first in the nation to test a pilot program for a “universal basic income” scheme; with a non-profit organization doling out $500 per month to average-income residents.
“Susie Garza has never heard of [Presidential candidate Andrew] Yang. But since February, she’s been getting $500 a month from a nonprofit in Stockton, California, as part of an experiment that offers something unusual in presidential politics: a trial run of a campaign promise, highlighting the benefits and challenges in real time,” reports the Associated Press.
“Garza can spend the money however she wants. She uses $150 of it to pay for her cellphone and another $100 or so to pay off her dog’s veterinarian bills. She spends the rest on her two grandsons now that she can afford to buy them birthday presents online and let them get the big bag of chips at the 7-Eleven,” adds the AP.
“I’ve never been able to do that. I thought it was just the coolest thing,” said Garza. “I like it because I feel more independent, like I’m in charge. I really have something that’s my own.”
“I think poverty is immoral, I think it is antiquated and I think it shouldn’t exist,” said Stockton, California’s 29-year-old Democratic mayor.
Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is a vocal supporter of a “basic universal income,” arguing all Americans should receive a $1000 per month to protect average workers from the economic dangers posed by job automation and technology.
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'NOT SUSTAINABLE': Canada Scraps Failed ‘Universal Income’ Project
The Ontario government decided to ditch its universal income project this week, with Ministers saying the expensive pilot program was “clearly not the answer” for the nation’s working families and those below the poverty line.
Children, Community, and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced the province’s decision Tuesday, saying her government would release “more details at a later date” but confirmed the program would cease immediately.
“The pilot project started in April 2017. It was originally set to last three years, and explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income to those living on low incomes — whether they were working or not,” writes the CBC.
Under the program’s current guidelines, a single person would receive a maximum of $17,000 (Canadian) per year and a married couple would receive $24,000 (Canadian).
There are approximately 4,000 people enrolled in the program.
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RAHM’S FINAL ACT: Outgoing Chicago Mayor Weighs UNIVERSAL INCOME for City’s Poor
Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his plan to “form a task force” this week to investigate the implementation of a “universal basic income” for the city’s poorest residents; a move likely to “cement his progressive legacy.”
According to Fox News, Emanuel’s program would make monthly payments for Chicago residents “without any conditions.” Initial estimates place the figure at $500 per month per family.
“Chicago would be the largest city in the country to take this step,” said one Chicago official. “I think the mayor sees this as a chance to lead the way as cities try to grapple with poverty and income inequality at a time the federal government is not addressing those things. This would be a legacy issue [for Emanuel].”
Chicago continues to struggle with escalating gun violence and widespread crime, with recent figures showing over 25% of the city’s population living below the poverty line.
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