L.A. County Provides Universal Income
With our economy in dire straits, L.A. County has decided to roll out a basic universal income of $1,000 a month for 1,000 residents.
From The Daily Wire. Los Angeles County officials said Tuesday that a guaranteed basic income program has begun to roll out, with 1,000 residents now receiving $1,000 a month until 2025.
Fox LA reports the recipients for the program were chosen randomly out of more than 180,000 applicants.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said that given the number of county residents who applied, it’s “abundantly clear” that the time has come for the program idea.
“I’m confident that we will see what other pilots have already shown,” Kuehl said according to Fox LA. “That a guaranteed basic income, by giving people a bit of financial breathing room, allows them to stabilize their lives and that of their family.”
Kuehl added that three years from now, she feels “confident” that the county program would be viewed as a “foundation stone” for every eligible American household to receive economic opportunity and stability.
Los Angeles County supervisors voted last year to develop a pilot program called BIG:LEAP, which developers modeled after a similar program in Stockton, California.
According to the program’s website, poverty affects two out of every ten residents in the city of Los Angeles, of whom 31% are children. And with rents skyrocketing across the county and insufficient wages to match the cost of living, about one-third of working Angelenos struggle to support their families on one full-time income.
To qualify for the program, participants 18 and older negatively impacted by the pandemic can only have a house income under $56,000 for a single person or $96,000 for a family of four. If approved, the recipients would access the money via debit card….
Payments will be part of the state’s Fiscal Year 2021/22 budget that both Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature approved….
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