Mayors For A Guaranteed Income
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This is a great country, filled with many who would be willing to have the courage and compassion to take actions when the situation demands it. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, in italics, below:
“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”
As our nation’s unemployment rate continues to increase due to COVID-19, automation, robotics, and A.I. (artificial intelligence), many mayors in America are gathering together to come up with solutions. Many believe that a guaranteed income would help to stabilize and ensure the health of our cities. Mayors for a guaranteed income is a network of mayors advocating for a guaranteed income to ensure that all Americans have an income floor. To meet these mayors, click HERE!
What is a guaranteed income? A guaranteed income is a monthly cash payment given directly to individuals. It is unconditional, with no strings attached and no work requirements. A guaranteed income is meant to supplement, rather than replace, the existing social safety net and can be a tool for racial and gender equity.
Stockton, California is the first city in America experimenting with a guaranteed income: $500 per month was given to each of the 100 residents (age 18 or older) of Stockton living in a neighborhood with median annual income at or less than $46,000. This initiative is based on private donations and does not cost tax payers any additional tax dollars.
The reason this is initiated by mayors of America (explained, in italics, at the mayorsforagi.org ) is because our cities are the laboratories of democracy and mayors are closest to the communities they serve. Mayors see the real, everyday effects of economic insecurity and are the best equipped to advocate for their residents.
The mayor of Stockton, Calif., which launched a basic income experiment last year through the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, offered U.S. policymakers some reassurance and a few notes of caution, in the video “One California mayor tried guaranteed income. His advice to lawmakers: ‘It’s a great first step‘”, below:
Stockton’s mayor is outlining the selection process for the “guaranteed income” initiative that will give 100 residents $500 a month for a year and a half. Mayor Michael Tubbs said the money can make a big difference in people’s lives. There are no work requirements and no restrictions on how people in the program can spend the money. The initiative is being privately funded – no taxpayer dollars are being used. To qualify, people must be Stockton residents, be 18 or older and live in a neighborhood where the median income is less than $46,000 a year, in the video “Stockton Mayor Outlines Criteria For ‘Guaranteed Income’ Program“, below:
Mayor of Stockton, CA and Chris Hughes (Co-chair of the Economic Security Project & Co-founder of Facebook) talk about the journey of starting this pilot program in Stockton at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics in the video “Stockton’s Economic Empowerment Demonstration: A Guaranteed Income Initiative“, below:
To better understand this guaranteed income initiative program, please visit: mayorsforagi.org
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