California city tests universal basic income program ahead of 2020

The city of Stockton, Calif., which launched a universal basic income pilot program earlier this 12 months, will take heed to tales from a choose group of recipients of the no-strings-attached money by the top of April, including tangible anecdotes to the nationwide political dialog on income inequality ahead of 2020.

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The Stockton Financial Empowerment Demonstration, a pilot program on universal basic income, launched in February, the Los Angeles Instances reported.  Over 100 residents from the city’s lower-income neighborhoods might be administered $500 a month through debit playing cards for the subsequent 12 months and a half. The cash comes with none restrictions, resembling requiring recipients to be employed or keep sobriety.

Head of Stockton’s program, Sukhi Samra, advised the Los Angeles Instances that 25 contributors dubbed “storytellers” will supply their experiences on how the additional month-to-month money has contributed to their lives. Whereas information from the program’s analysis findings gained’t be obtainable till 2021, Samra expects anecdotes to resonate extra with voters who might hear the potential results of their political selections.

Stockton grew to become the primary to maneuver ahead on a universal income pilot, as different U.S. cities, together with Newark, NJ and Chicago, think about related applications that may deal out month-to-month funds to struggling residents. Packages in Canada and Finland had been scrapped for being unstainable.

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Stockton obtained $1 million in preliminary funding for the $3.1 million program from the Silicon-Valley-based group The Financial Safety Undertaking. Additional analysis ought to reveal how basic income applications might be sustained by native or federal governments on a extra everlasting basic.

Fox Information’ Brook Singman contributed to this report. 

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