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.

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  1. 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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