Mar. 10, 2021
Two years ago, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs launched a pilot program to distribute monthly $500 checks to 125 randomly selected individuals earning less than the city’s median income. Now, the results are in, and while they’re shocking they shouldn’t be surprising: Recipients were healthier, happier, and less anxious than their counterparts in the control group. Today, Tubbs is the founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income — a national coalition including many of America’s most prominent Black mayors.
With these results in hand, and with a new round of stimulus checks on their way to Americans, what would it take to make such programs permanent? Why are mayors best-positioned to oversee such programs? And what does it mean to see guaranteed incomes through the lens of social justice rather than a technocratic solution?
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