It’s been tried in Stockton. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang pitched a national version of it. Now California lawmakers are considering whether to adopt a Universal Basic Income.
Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, has introduced a bill that would disburse $1,000 a month to every California resident 18 and older, though not everyone would qualify.
Recipients of Medi-Cal, the County Medical Services Program, CalFresh, the CalWORKs program or unemployment insurance would be barred from receiving the funds.
Californians would pay for the bill through a 10 percent value-added tax on goods and services, though that tax would exempt such things as groceries, clothing, medicine, medical supplies and educational materials such as textbooks.
In his tweet announcing the bill, Low said that he is continuing the work of former presidential candidate Yang, whose campaign Low co-chaired.
Low’s proposal is similar to one that Yang campaigned on. Yang advocated for a nationwide $1,000 universal basic income, which he called a “freedom dividend.”
Stockton has been experimenting with universal basic income as well, with 125 residents receiving monthly payments of $500.
Stockton’s mayor, Michael Tubbs, opposed Yang’s plan because Tubbs said it could force recipients to choose between it and food stamps, Medicaid and other need-based assistance programs.
“I support the conversation we’re having about basic income, but I don’t support any proposal that would gut the social safety net,” Tubbs said in an interview with the Bee. “For me, I don’t see how folks who are struggling enough to need assistance are better off by giving them $1,000 and taking the assistance they have.”
DAWG SAYS: SO……. LETS GIVE EVERYONE IN CALIFORNIA AN ADDED $1,000 A MONTH EXCEPT THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT THE MOST. THEN CHARGE MORE TAXES TO THOSE SAME PEOPLE YOU ARE GIVING THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP AND REALIZE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A S FREE RIDE AND THE COST WOULD NOT BE WORTH THE LONG-TERM DAMAGE…….