STOCKTON (AP) — The city of Stockton plans to give several dozen families $500 a month for a year as part of a program to study the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income.

The program in Stockton will track what residents do with the money and how having a universal basic income affects their self-esteem and identity.

The Economic Security Project, co-led by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is contributing $1 million to the yearlong research project in Stockton.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is coordinating the effort in his city of 300,000 people where 1 in 4 residents live below the poverty line.

Tubbs says the city east of San Francisco is ground zero for a lot of the issues the country is facing.

Comments (2)
  1. Gabe Kaplan says:

    What does the Mayor hope to learn from this exercise?
    – If recipients just blow the money on drink and drugs; does that mean the Mayor was really stupid and out of touch?
    – If they spend it on food and clothing for themselves and family; does that mean the Mayor feels this would be a good program and taxpayers should do this going forward, just on a larger scale?
    – If they spend it to pay back rent of utilities; does that mean the Mayor should start a bigger and more generous program to pay their rents and utilities?
    Unless you spend the $1M gift on training people how to prepare themselves for securing some kind of employment, the Stockton taxpayers (you know; the people that actually work for a living…), will have to continue making up the difference between those who pay for Stockton services (Schools, Police, Fire Public Works) and those who stay home, watch TV and anxiously wait for the next city handout.
    The biggest part of this whole conversation, is that the Mayor of a very large, metropolitan city in 2018, needs a $1M giveaway program to find out what unemployed, people in poverty, need to get ahead…

  2. Ray Styles says:

    I can’t help but wonder how the rules will sort out who qualify for the money and how to stop the invasion of homeless and low income people who will be hitchhiking and walking to Stockton to get their share. Careful what you wish for Stockton.

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