Magazine article The New American

Stockton, California, to Test Universal Basic Income

Magazine article The New American

Stockton, California, to Test Universal Basic Income

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Later this year, the city of Stockton, California, will begin giving a select group of poor residents $500 a month in an experimental program to test the effects of giving people a universal basic income, or UBI. Though this initial program, which will run for a period of 12-18 months, will be funded by a million-dollar private grant from a tech group called the Economic Security Project, it will involve only 100 families in a city of 300,000 people where one in four residents lives below the official poverty line.

Dorian Warren, who co-chairs the Economic Security Project, told KPIX 5 news in San Francisco on February 1 that the goal in Stockton is to gather data on how having a basic income impacts people. "What does it mean to say, 'Here is unconditional guaranteed income just based on you being a human being?'" Warren asked.

In a January 29 interview with Ari Shapiro on National Public Radio, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs said about the guaranteed income plan, "So from now until June, we'll do a community engagement process to come up with the selection criterion for the families who will be selected. …

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